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About Reserves

Course reserves are materials that instructors have asked the library to put aside for their students to use, either electronically or at the information desks of each library location.

To view and access your reserves, log in through either:


  • Log in to and select the 'Canvas' icon located in the upper right
  • Log in to the Canvas online course system directly
  • Select your course and then choose "course reserves" from the menu

Loan periods

Reserve items can be checked out for up to four hours or the close of the library whichever comes first. They cannot be checked out overnight. Late fines are computed hourly at a rate of 1.00 per hour.

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What can be placed on Reserve?

Most types of library material can be placed on reserve -- books, e-books, book chapters, periodical articles, videos, scores. Both digital and physical reserves are available.

Placing materials on reserves ensures that they are cleared for copyright.

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Placing items on reserve

Reserves staff check all uploaded material for copyright or permissions issues. Submit requests early to guarantee availability of material on the first day of classes.

Begin requesting course reserves on these dates:

  • Fall semester Jul. 15

  • Spring semester Nov. 1

  • Summer semester Mar. 1

*Please note that links to licensed material from library databases will always be used over scanned PDFs.

How to place items on reserve

    From Canvas

  1. Choose whether you wish to have a staff member get the item or whether you would like to upload the material yourself.

  2. Fill out the information for your request and associate the request with a course

  3. (optional) upload a file to your request

  • Canvas course reserves

    From within Bobcat

  1. Find the item you wish to put on reserve

  2. Click on the title of the item

  3. Click on "Put this item on reserve for a course"

  4. Choose whether you would like a staff member to get the item or whether you'd like to upload your own file.

  5. Associate the item request with a course

  6. Press the submit button to complete your request or upload the file

  • Bobcat course reserves