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A Bowdoin ID is required for entry:
  • H-L Library after 11:00 p.m. daily
  • Beckwith, Pierce, & Hatch Libraries after 7:00 p.m. weekdays; all day Sat. & Sun.
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Reserves - Guidelines

The Library offers e-reserves for text, audio, and streaming video resources; see information below about the different formats, or go directly to submission forms to submit your requests.

All forms will ask for username and password; if your student assistants need access, please let us know and we’ll authorize them to use the forms.

Please allow 2-4 days to process reserve lists.

Materials needed for the first week of classes should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the beginning of classes. If you have any questions or special needs, please contact Library staff.

Please note: for Wiley Blackwell journals, the Library pays per use of each article. To include a Wiley Blackwell journal article in e-reserves or on Canvas, you must first download and save the PDF of the article to your desktop, then upload & submit the PDF using Submit Scanned Document (PDF) formDo not link to it! Please see this special note for complete information.

You may digitize your own recordings and submit them electronically via this form (Word).

The library will acquire one print copy or an e-book version of all course adoption books whenever possible.  These will be placed on reserve at the start of each semester.  

Faculty may request additional books be placed on reserve at any time over the course of the semester by using the Reserve submission form. These can include circulating library books, e-books, or your personal copies.  Books in electronic format can be linked from your class Reserve list. 

  • To ensure that we assign the correct priority to all reserves, please fill in the date by which each item is needed for reserve on the reserve submission form.
  • Books from libraries other than Bowdoin may not be placed on reserve.

If the library does not own a needed book or if you require additional copies, please order through Acquisitions and indicate "RESERVE" on the order form. Please allow at least four weeks for receipt of any new book. It is acceptable to order a book for Bowdoin Reserve even if it is already held at Bates or Colby.

  • Streaming films from library databases can be linked for addition to your course reserves or directly to your Canvas site.  For assistance please contact Bart D’Alauro.
  • Films on DVD from the Bowdoin collection can be digitized and streamed by filling out a Request Form. Allow two weeks for processing.
  • You may request DVDs from Colby or Bates for class showings, but we cannot place them on Reserve. Please request these in your own name, and time the request so you’ll have the material available for your class showing.  The loan period is typically seven days.
  • Physical DVDs can be placed on reserve in either the Media Commons or Hatch Library. Personal copies may be placed on reserve if they were recorded within copyright guidelines.
  • If the library does not own a DVD that you would like acquired for the collection, please use this form to request. Note that it is needed for reserve. Please allow at least four weeks for receipt and processing of any new item.