Healey Library

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Put Something on Reserve

The Reserves Department handles reserve requests.  We place books and films on print reserve; we can assist with preparing digital content for use in Blackboard. 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 through Friday. You may also submit materials to be added to reserves at the circulation desk by completing a processing form whenever the library is open. 

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, or complete the required form and leave them at the circulation desk.  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.

Electronic Resources and Digitization Guidelines (for articles and book chapters)

  • Any electronic content that students will be required to access should be added to Blackboard
  • We can assist you in locating resources or digitizing them, but it is your responsibility to upload and maintain your content in Blackboard.
  • Any hard copies submitted for digitization must include 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.
  • Please submit items for digitization here 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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