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Setup Course Reserves

Materials can be placed on Reserve by instructors for their students. Putting items on course reserve helps to ensure access to high demand items by the use of short loan periods.

Students can search for course reserve material by instructor or course name using LibrarySearch.

Due to campus COVID-19 protocols, the circulation of physical items on reserve is temporarily unavailable. Physical reserve items are available on a limited basis via the Digitization Requests Service. We are reviewing texts required for Winter 2021 courses through the Cougars Campus Store and contacting instructors to let them know if items are available in electronic format through our collection to be shared with students. 

If you wish to add an electronic item to reserves from the Library's collection, please start a chat or email us at If you wish to request the purchase of a new item or need assistance locating materials for a class, please contact your Subject Librarian or use our Recommend a purchase form.

How to place an item on reserve

  • Library-owned material may be placed on Reserve by visiting the Service Desk
  • Instructor or department owned material can also be placed on reserve.
  • Information about the status and usage of course reserves is available upon request.
  • If you have questions, please contact the Service Desk at or 403.440.6019

Guidelines for placing items on reserve

  • Reserves are limited to high demand items.
  • Original publications (textbooks, monographs, print journals, etc.) may be placed on reserve.
  • In the case of book chapters, the full book will be placed on reserve in lieu of photocopied chapters.
  • Where possible, books not owned by the Library may be purchased for the collection on an expedited basis and placed on reserve.
  • Journal articles held by the Library in a digital form and resources freely available on the web may not be placed on reserve.
    • The Library can supply permalinks to these items for use in Blackboard.


Copyright related questions about Library Reserves should be directed to the Copyright Advisor, at or 403.440.6618.