Information for Faculty

Course Reserves

All sorts of materials (both digital 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 digital reserve.

Scanning and Digital 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 digital reserves from two locations: either from the main library web page or via the “Course Reserves” tab on the class’s Sakai/Canvas page.

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 Davis Library, which is usually open until 2AM.  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 on the class’s Sakai/Canvas page.

How to Add and Request Materials

The “Course Reserves” tool of a class’s Sakai/Canvas page can be used to access, add, edit and request materials.

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

Adding Course Reserves via Sakai/Canvas

  1. Click on the Course Reserves tool on the left side of your Sakai/Canvas 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.


Contact Reserves Staff ( if you have any questions.

Additional Information

If a student in your class needs an accommodation to access the reserves, please let us know.  There are several ways we can assist.

Books placed in the Main Print Reserves Collection are kept at the service desk of Davis Library and are available during library hours.

Other physical reserve collections are hosted by the Art Library, Health Sciences Library, Music Library, Media and Design Center, and Journalism & Media (Hussman) Library.

Note for instructors of Health Affairs classes: Reserves for Health Affairs classes (Dentistry, Nursing, etc.) are maintained by the Health Sciences Library and are processed under a different schedule. If you are teaching a Health Affairs class, please visit the HSL course reserves page.