Guide to Using the Course Reserves System
Student Information: Accessing Course ReservesThe AOK Library is now using Blackboard (Bb) to make course materials available through physical and electronic Course Reserves. Please log into Bb and click on the Course Materials section of your course to view the materials your instructor has placed on reserve for your class.
Items available electronically simply means you can read, view, or listen to them from your desktop. If the item is a physical copy of a book, CD or DVD, you will need to borrower it directly from the Library. Loan periods for items available at the library vary from 3 hours to 7 days depending on the item. Please stop by the Check-Out desk with your UMBC ID card and the call number of the item(s) you wish to borrow.
Questions? Email email@example.com or call 410-455-2354.
Faculty Information: Accessing Course ReservesThe AOK Library is now using Blackboard (Bb) to make course materials available through physical and electronic Course Reserves. Submit all course reserves requests directly from your course site in Bb.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 410-455-2354 or stop by the Check-Out desk at the Library.
Information on submitting materials for course reserve can be found on our instructor’s guide page (download PDF)
1. Accessing your Course Reserves Content
The AOK Library course reserves now interfaces with Blackboard. This integration means one login and increased productivity for you and your students. You can set and receive reminders and create tags, and students can add favorites, export citations, and download readings. Simply login to MyUMBC and open the Blackboard (Bb) link to get started.
2. Creating your Course Reserves Content
The first time you use the system, be sure the Library Reserves link is added to the desired content area of your Bb course. Information on submitting materials for course reserves, including copyright guidelines, can be found on our instructor’s guide page.
3. Renewing your Course Reserves Content
The new Blackboard integration improves how you copy course materials between semesters. Content from UCORES is no longer available, but please contact library reserves staff at email@example.com for help locating old citations and documents.
When Copying a Course:
4. Allowing enrolled students to view your Course Reserves Content
Similarly to you submitting and posting course materials in Bb, access for your students is via Bb as well. Enrolled students will have access to course materials that display an “available” status for the duration of the semester. If you want to adjust access to a particular electronic item, be sure to edit the “start” and or “stop” dates when submitting your request for that item. Physical (hardcopy) reserve materials are available for check-out during library hours.
Faculty Guide for Submitting
Electronic ReservesSubmit all course reserves requests directly from your course site in Bb.
Course reserve material in electronic format will become available immediately upon submission, providing they do not require obtaining copyright permission and your course available dates are in effect. For articles and streaming content, we strongly encourage you to use sources to which the library subscribes.
Hard Copy ReservesSubmit all course reserves requests directly from your course site in Bb.
Requests for hard copy course reserve materials should be submitted at least two weeks before students will need them for class. If the AOK Library does not own an item, or if the item is currently on loan, please allow additional time for ordering and processing.
Things you can do to help our staff process reserves faster:
Media ReservesSubmit all course reserves requests directly from your course site in Bb.
The media collection is located on the second floor of the library. You may place items from the AOK Library media collection on course reserve with a loan period of three (3) or seven (7) hours.
For questions about media course reserves, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-455-2354.