Information for Faculty

Course Reserves

All sorts of materials (both electronic and physical) can be placed on reserve: books, movies, PDFs, and links to online articles.  In addition, we are able to scan articles and book excerpts for placement on electronic reserve.

Scanning and Electronic Reserves

PDFs, documents, and links to online articles can be placed on reserve and accessed online.  You can add materials directly or we can scan them on your behalf.  Students and faculty can access E-reserves from two locations: either from the main library web page or via the “Course Reserves” tab if the course has a Sakai page.

Print and Physical Reserves

Print books as well as other materials (such as DVDs and CDs) can be placed on reserve as well.  Most physical materials go on reserve at the House Undergraduate Library, which is usually open 24 hours.  Most reserve books are taken from the general collection, but we can place spare personal copies on reserve as well.  Physical reserve materials are listed on the reserves page for a course, which can be accessed either from the main library web page or via the “Course Reserves” tab if the course has a Sakai page.

How to Add Materials

The best way to add new materials is via the online reserves system.  The system allows you to add, remove, and edit your reserve materials directly. If your course has a Sakai page, you can access your reserves by clicking on the “Course Reserves” tab.  If your course does not have a Sakai page, your materials will be accessible via the “Access course reserves” link in the middle of the main library web page (

You also have the option of sending us a list of any materials you would like us to add.  Our E-mail address is

Here is a short (5-minute) walkthrough of the online reserves system from a faculty viewpoint (viewing courses, adding materials, submitting requests):

To add course reserves via Sakai:

  1. Click on the Course Reserves tool on the left side of your Sakai course site. The system will show all of the digital reserves for the class.
  2. To add materials, click on “Add Reserve Items.”
  3. Select the kind of item you wish to add (book chapter, article, etc).
  4. Enter the required fields (Book Title, Chapter Title, etc.) and hit submit. Staff will retrieve and scan/link the material as needed.
  5. The system will also allow you to upload your own material if you have it available.

Additional Information

Books placed in the Main Print Reserves Collection are housed in the Reserve Reading Room in the Undergraduate Library and are available during library hours.

Other physical reserve collections are hosted by the Art Library, Health Science Library, Music Library, Media Resources Center, Park Library, and School of Information and Library Science Library.


Contact Reserves Staff ( if you have any questions.