Course reserves services for faculty

Submitting materials for reserves

Course materials may be placed on reserve by submitting an online request via our reserves system. This is most easily accessed through the "Course Reserves" link in WebCampus (Canvas) course. More information on how to access and initiate reserves in WebCampus can be found below.

  • At the beginning of the semester, materials should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the class's need for the material.
  • Additional materials throughout the term are more than welcome and should be available within a couple of days.
  • Please refer to materials in the same way on the course syllabus as on your online request.
  • It will also help us if we have a copy of the syllabus.
  • In order to create high quality scanned images, the Libraries prefer to scan directly from the source (book, journal, etc.)
  • If there are materials that you feel that the library should purchase for your class, contact your subject liaison.

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What materials can be placed on reserve?

Supplemental course readings like journal articles and book chapters (requested through E-reserves) and direct links to library-licensed content can be put on electronic reserve.

Books (both personal and library-owned copies), DVDs, CDs, journal articles, sample tests, notes, etc. can all be placed on hard copy reserve.

Streaming video access/licensing can be complex and time-consuming. Most licenses are only a single year, so license dates must also be checked before use. Please view the basics of our streaming process here.

Items, electronic and print, will automatically be taken off reserve and faculty-owned items returned to the instructor at the end of each semester, unless otherwise specified.

The Libraries will pay reasonable copyright fees as necessary.

Hard copy reserve check-out

Reserve materials may be checked out by faculty, staff, or student with a current wolf card.

Available Checkout periods:

  • 1-hour library use only
  • 2-hour library use only
  • 4-hour library use only (This is for DVDs only)
  • 1-day
  • 3-day

Overdue fines for reserve items are $5.00 per hour.


How to access and add items to course reserves from Webcampus/Canvas

  • Login to your Webcampus/Canvas course.
  • Click Course Reserves on the left side menu.

Both students and instructors can view reserves by clicking Course Reserves. The instructor view of reserves will allow for new items to be requested, existing items to be edited, and all other navigation of reserves. Student view will allow only viewing/accessing and sorting of reserve items. If it is an instructor's first time logging into Course Reserves for the Webcampus course, the instructor may be asked to choose the course semester.

To request new item(s):

  • Click Add Reserves Items (under Instructor Course Tools Menu)
  • Choose the appropriate request template (article, book chapter, etc.).
  • Fill in the fields on the request template and click Submit Item at the bottom of the page.

To add items to the new/current class that have been used in a previous course:

  • Click Add Reserves Items (under Instructor Course Tools Menu)
  • Scroll down to locate the desired previous course and then click Import Items (at the far left of the course name).
    • The previous course item list will open. You can then import all items or selectively check just a few.
    • Once you have checked only the items that you wish to import, scroll down and click Import Items at the bottom of the page.
    • Be sure that you click Import Items only once. If it is clicked a second time it will duplicate the imported items.

Electronic reserves copyright restrictions

The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research. If electronic transmission of reserve material is used for purposes in excess of what constitutes "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

All items are taken down at the end of each semester.