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In order to submit your course reserve listings via Blackboard, you must first request a blackboard site for your course via the Faculty Center ( You cannot submit your course reserves to any library without completing this step!

Setting up course reserves on your Blackboard site

Log into Blackboard. On the "My Blackboard" tab, under "My Courses", click on the desired course:


In the left-hand Control Panel, click on "Course Tools":


Click on "Course Reserves Administration":


After a few moments, the Course Reserve page will open within your Blackboard site. If you are a first-time user,  you will be prompted to register and update and save the course information:


Don't forget to list the cross listings for your course!

You are now ready to begin adding items to your course.  To continue, click "Adding items to your reserves list" below.

Adding items to your reserves list


Click on the "Add Requests" tab; you will need to enter each reserve item separately.  Click on the icon representing the format type of the first item (book, video, etc).

If you wish to add multiple items at once, click the "Import Items" icon at the end.  Use a citation manager (RefWorks, EndNote, Mendeley, etc.) to create a list in "RIS format" and then paste the text file into the box.

To import items from another reserve list, select from the courses displayed under "Previous Courses."


Once you select the item type, you will move to a new screen where you will be prompted to enter additional bibliographic information as well as the library location (for print materials) and the loan period. To use the "Search and Import" feature, click the "Search the Catalog/Import Items" button.  You can import citation information using three methods: "Search classic catalog", "Import via ISBN", and "Import via citation manager".

"Search Classic Catalog" will import bibliographic information from the library catalog.  Enter your search.  Select the item you want from the results.


At the bottom of the item display will be a Shortcut link for that item, containing a "BBID" number (up to 7 digits). Copy the BBID number and paste it into the "Item's BBID" box at the top left of the Import Record screen.  Click "Import Item."


Review the citation.  If there are problems, manually edit the information, or click the "Clear" button to start over. When all is correct, click the "Submit Item" button. The item will appear on your "Reserve Requests" tab (this will not be instantaneous).

"Import via ISBN"  will import information using an ISBN search of WorldCat; enter ISBN numbers (copied from Amazon or another vendor) into search.


"Import from Citation Manager" will import information from your citation management tool (RefWorks, End Note)



Editing items on your reserves list


The items on your reserve list are displayed on the "Reserve Requests" tab, under "Your Requests".  The Processing Status displays to the right of the item. Only items that are “awaiting reserve processing” can be edited or deleted. If an item is marked “available,” contact the reserve staff for assistance.


Select the item you wish to edit and click "Edit this Item."  Make your edits and click "Submit Item" (bottom right hand corner of screen):