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E-Reserves in the Library: Info for Faculty

Information about the library's electronic reserve services in conjunction with Moodle, guidelines for book chapter scanning requests, etc.

Library E-Reserves in Moodle for Faculty

Book Chapter Scans

The library's copyright agreement allows for portions of books to be scanned and for those portions to be uploaded as E-Reserves to a course management system such as Moodle. General guidelines for this are:

Textbooks: An entire chapter may be scanned as long as it does not exceed 10% of the entire book (20% of the book may be scanned if that portion is uploaded to Moodle)

Other books: an entire chapter may be scanned as long as it does not exceed 20% of the entire book. This portion may also be uploaded to Moodle.

Please consult the Copyright libguide, the university's Fair Dealing policy, and Carmen Kazakoff-Lane, the library's Scholarly Communications Librarian, for more detailed guidelines on copyright as it pertains to various media.


How to Request Chapter Scans

You may continue to use both the Main and Music library Reserve forms to submit requests for scanned chapters. Please be sure to include page numbers in the "Other Information" box on the form for each request. 

You may also submit requests via email to Please be sure to include the following information in your email:

 - Course name

 - Course number

 - Book title, with LC call number

 - Page numbers required for scans

 - Date by which scans are required.

If you have purchased a new title for the library and would like a portion of it scanned for E-Reserve as soon as it arrives, please indicate that in your communications with our Acquisitions Department.


Scanned Chapters and Other Resources in Moodle

 The  Library Reserves folder within BU's Moodle site serves as the repository for electronic resources such as:

 - scanned book chapters

 -  pdf copies of articles from library databases

 - links to online resources

 - embedded audio/video resources. Note that there is also a separate Moodle site (BU Library Videos) for streaming videos licensed by the library that are not directly connected to specific classes or Reserve periods.

 Faculty and students may access these Moodle sites by logging in with a current BU username and password.

Once you have logged in, look for Library under the Course Categories heading, and then "Click to enter this course" under the BU Library Reserves heading. There you will see headings for all departments with items on E-Reserve, with folders for individual classes. Within these folders are all the items on E-Reserve. Individual articles or entire folders may be downloaded.

Electronic Books

The library is frequently able to purchase electronic copies of books for which physical copies already exist in the library, or for new titles. Licensing for electronic books varies, from one user at a time to multiple users at once being able to access any given title. Contact the liaison librarian for your department or Angela Revet in the library's Acquisitions Department for more information on licensing for individual titles.