Course Reserves

Course reserves for your classes come in two varieties: print and electronic.

Print reserves are required texts, course packs, and some optional reading. The iSchool Library helps instructors provide access to physical materials in the library.

Electronic reserves, or e-reserves, are scanned materials, web links, links to full-text articles from databases, and any other material access electronically. Many e-reserve readings are protected under copyright, and should not be shared or distributed beyond the class. Instructors prepare e-reserves pages or reading lists for distribution in Canvas or via your course syllabus. The iSchool Library may assist instructors with this.


Print Reserves

Where can I find my course’s print reserves?

Print reserves are generally kept behind the service desk in the iSchool Library. You can confirm item availability via the Library Catalog. Library staff is happy to help you.

How do I check out print reserve material?

Tell the library staff at the service desk the title you need and the course number. They’ll check the item out to you and let you know when it is due!

Electronic Reserves

Where can I find my course’s electronic reserves?

Your instructor will distribute e-reserves in their Canvas course.

I can’t find my course’s e-reserves page! What should I do?

Not all courses have e-reserves pages. Some instructors share their readings in weekly modules in Canvas. Some courses have no online reserves at all. If you’re unsure about whether your course has e-reserve readings, ask your instructor.

One of the links on the e-reserves page doesn’t work! Now what?

If you find a broken link on your course’s page, or something seems to be missing, please contact your instructor. Sometimes a link to a database article will expire between the time the e-reserves page is built and the time you try to access it, despite use of a “permalink.” At the same time, you can also employ your library sleuthing skills and use the citation from your syllabus or reading list to attempt to locate the content you need immediately.

There’s something wrong with this e-reserve file! Can you fix it?

Many online readings are saved in the PDF format. To open a PDF file, you need a PDF reader. Free PDF readers include Adobe Acrobat Reader and Foxit Reader. If a file is unreadable, missing pages, or you think it might be corrupted, contact your instructor.