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Library Course Reserves, Fall 2021

Starting Fall 2021, the Library will once again be accepting course reserve requests!

Book Course Reserves

Given the mix of remote, virtual, and on-campus courses scheduled for Fall, the Library strongly encourages faculty to continue to use ebooks, streaming films, or other Open Educational Resources (OERs), in lieu of physical items traditionally put on course reserves at the Library. However, the Library is planning to be open in the fall (more details about this will be forthcoming), and we are happy to offer physical course reserves for those texts that are not available as an ebook.

The Library will attempt to order an ebook for all course reserve requests for books not already in the collection. A print book will only be purchased to be put on reserve if an ebook is not available.

Submitting Requests

All course reserve requests for Fall 2021 classes must be submitted via the Course Reserves Request Form - Books.

This form is only for requesting books, either ebooks or physical books, to be put on reserve for a course. Please do not use this form to request streaming films or DVDs.

All reserves requests must be submitted by the instructor of record or their delegate (e.g. a learning assistant, administrative assistant, etc). Library staff cannot enter requests on behalf of instructors.

All course reserve requests (both physical books and ebooks) must be submitted via the form. Requests via email will not be accepted.

The course reserves request form should be used both for items that are already in the Library’s collection and for materials that the Library needs to purchase to fulfill your reserve request. Prior to placing your reserve request, please check the Library Discovery Search and limit your results to “Books/Media @ Purchase” to see if the Library has the item(s) in our collections.

Processing Times

Please note the following processing times for course reserves requests and submit your requests as early as possible. Please note that processing times are longer than in past semesters. Please plan accordingly.

  • Requests for items in the Library’s collection can take four weeks to process. Please note that this processing time can be even longer if the item is checked out and needs to be recalled.
  • Requests for items that are not part of the Library’s collection can take at least ten weeks (sometimes longer) to process

Reserve requests are processed in the order in which they are received. Last-minute requests will not be prioritized.

More information and other reserves policies are detailed on the Course Reserves page.

Loan Periods

Books on physical reserve may be checked out for three hours and are in-Library use only (they cannot leave the building). The book may be returned and checked out again after a 30-minute waiting period to allow equal access to the item. More details are listed on the Borrowing & Renewing page.

All course reserves will stay on physical reserve for the entire semester.

If you have any questions, please review the Course Reserves page and contact your subject liaison librarian for assistance.


Liaison Librarians are happy to work with you to find digital materials or explore online alternatives for the physical materials that you have used in the past. You can explore the Library’s current holdings on our eBooks Guide. Please note: Discovery Search does not show all of the ebooks to which the Library has access. For best results, search within individual ebook databases on the eBooks Guide or ask your subject liaison librarian for help.

All previously requested ebooks are still accessible via the same URLs provided at the time of initial request.

To request ebooks for your courses, please use Course Reserves Request Form - Books. The Library is currently only able to acquire ebooks that directly support course work. Priority will be given to required texts as opposed to recommended or optional readings. Please note that not all titles are available as ebooks.

DVD Film Reserves

The Academic Film Collection will remain in its permanent reserve status. Please email Valencia Wallace ( for the following reasons:

  • To request films from the Academic Collection for a 7-day loan period
  • To request an extension to the 7-day loan period
  • To request additions to the Academic Film collection. As with books, the Library will prioritize purchasing films in streaming format and can only purchase films that are directly tied to coursework.
  • Please advise students whose academic work requires films from the Academic Film Collection to email Valencia Wallace and loan arrangements can be made on a case by case basis.

Streaming Films

Along with ebooks, the Library is prioritizing streaming films. Before submitting a request, we encourage you to explore the film content the Library already subscribes to on our Multimedia/Streaming Guide.

All requests for streaming films that we do not already own must be submitted via the Streaming Requests Form.

We cannot guarantee all requests will be fulfilled or that electronic/streaming versions of every title exist. Please plan alternatives where possible!

As with books, please allow at least ten weeks to process a streaming request for items the Library does not yet own.