Healey Library

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Put Something on Reserve

The Reserves Department handles all reserve requests, both print and electronic. We place books and films on print reserve; we place articles and book chapters on electronic reserve. We are located in room 029 on the fourth floor of Healey Library.

Submitting Materials to Be Put on Reserve

Materials should be submitted to the Reserves Processing Office (fourth floor of Healey Library) between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Outside of those hours materials should be dropped off at the Circulation Desk on the second floor. 

Materials submitted three weeks prior to the start of a semester will be ready for students to use by the first day of class. Materials submitted during the first week of a semester may take up to a week to be processed.

Print Reserve Guidelines (for books and films)

  • Submit your list to library.reserves@umb.edu at least three weeks prior to the start of the semester. This allows staff time to locate, order if necessary, and process items.
  • If you're placing personal copies on reserve, bring them to the Reserves Processing Office from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Personal copies of films must be commercially produced (no homemade videotapes).
  • Books and films placed on reserve circulate for 3 hours and can be taken outside the building. Though most reserve items have a 3-hour loan period, faculty may also choose a one-day loan, a two-day loan, or a one-week loan period.
  • Faculty may place on print reserve a personal copy of the current semester course pack available for sale at the UMass Boston Bookstore. The Healey Library will not purchase course packs for reserve. Course packs cannot be placed on eReserve.

eReserve Guidelines (for articles and book chapters)

  • Items must be submitted in the form of photocopies (not bound volumes), or emailed in PDF format to library.reserves@umb.edu.
  • For articles from journals that we subscribe to electronically, you need not submit a photocopy. Please submit a citation--we will link to the article.
  • All photocopies must be submitted with complete bibliographic information.
  • Photocopies must meet the following criteria:
    • 8 1/2 x 11 paper
    • Single-sided
    • Clear, quality copy, legible font
    • Please use paper clips, no staples
  • Limits: 30 items per course
  • Please submit items for e-reserve three weeks before a semester begins to ensure items will be available at the start of classes.
  • To comply with fair use guidelines, the following restrictions apply:
  • A copy of only one article from any one journal, one periodical, or one newspaper issue (e.g. New York Times, 6/2/1953).
  • A copy of only one chapter or not more than 10% from any book or other monograph (conference proceedings; miscellaneous report, unpublished paper etc.).
  • A copy of only one poem, short story, or essay from a single volume whether or not from a collected work.
  • A copy of only one drawing, cartoon or picture from a book, one journal, one periodical, one journal, or one newspaper issue.

For more in-depth information, see our copyright policy.


  • Reserves Department

    Processing Hours
    Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Items on reserve are available at the Circulation Desk during regular library hours.
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