At this time, the Library can only accept reserves for in-person courses that are scheduled on campus, with some exceptions for cohort programs scheduled for both on-campus classes and remote learning. eBooks and streaming media can be made available via permalink through eLearn. Email  to discuss your options.

Looking for digital alternatives? Your liaison librarian can help you find online materials.

 The Course Reserves collection is a limited loan collection of high-demand course materials.

Course Reserve materials are listed online by instructor name and course codes, and are available for check out at the Library Services Desk. To facilitate the timely return of these high-use items, fines are imposed when the items are not returned by the due time/date, at the rate of $1/hr for hourly and $2/day for daily reserves.

Placing Reserve Requests

Complete the Reserve Request form or pick up and complete a Course Reserve Request Form at the Library. Read the information below before submitting your request.

Collection Development Policy

The Library does not buy textbooks or required reading but will purchase supplemental readings on request and within budget limitations. Textbooks and required readings may be loaned to the Library for reserve purposes - see Personal Copies below.

Terms of Access

When placing items on reserve, Instructors will need to consider the expected demand, curriculum timelines, the number of copies available, length of the readings and when the course will be offered to decide:

  • What is the loan period? 3 hours with no overnights (these must be returned by closing), 3 hours, 1 day, 3 days, or 7 days
  • How long should this item remain on reserve? one term or continuous

Library Copies

Library owned items can be placed on reserve. Library copies that are on loan will be recalled and placed on reserve once returned.

Personal Copies

Personal or departmental copies of textbooks or required readings can be loaned to the library. The Library cannot accept responsibility for lost or damaged personal copies.

Photocopied Material

Photocopied materials such as journal articles and book chapters may be placed on reserve with some restrictions:

  • Copies of journal articles that are not accessible through one of the databases that the library subscribes to
  • Copies of book chapters may be placed on reserve provided that the copies do not exceed 10% or one chapter of a copyrighted book (multiple chapters from one book will not be processed)
  • Citations must be included with photocopied material

Removing Reserves Requests

At the end of each term, library-owned materials will be returned to the general collection and personal copies can either be picked up at the library services desk or sent back via interoffice mail.

If material is listed as continuous and being taught in the next term it will stay in reserve until the instructor requests it back. The Reserves Technician will check in yearly with instructors who have personal copies on reserve continuously. Personal copies that have been on reserves for a year with zero checkouts will be sent back to their owner.


Copyright law and licensing agreements can affect the eligibility of copies to be placed on reserve. Please familiarize yourself with the requirements by reviewing the Library's Copyright guide.

For clarification on procedures, please contact the library at local 4944 or by email

Purchase Requests

Purchase requests can be made by submitting this form. Before submitting a purchase request, check the library catalogue for existing copies before placing orders for new reserve materials.

  • Requests should be submitted at least 3 months before the course begins.
  • Forms do not require the signature of your departmental coordinator.
  • The Library does not purchase material which students are expected to buy.