Course Reserves

The Library's Course Reserves unit works with instructors to make course readings available to students in either print or electronic formats (e-reserves). By enabling the service within a Canvas course, instructors can submit requests for required readings to be digitized, linked or placed on physical reserve, as well as monitor the progress of request processing. This service allows students to locate and access all required course readings through Canvas, and ensures that all readings comply with copyright law and the University's digital content & reproduction licences.  

Using Course Reserves, instructors can:

  • Place required readings on reserve through an online request form linked directly to the Course Reserves system (Ares).  Requests are then processed by staff as a print reserve (e.g. entire books) or e-reserve (e.g. article or chapter in PDF format)
  • Request books and other materials be added to the library collection (allow 4-6 weeks processing time for new books)
  • Track the status of submitted requests online
  • Track student use of online reserves
  • Tag readings to organize them by week, assignment or by specific keywords
  • Clone or copy readings from one course to another.  Note: Cloned readings will not be activated until they have been reviewed by staff for copyright/licensing compliance. 

Instructors interested in requesting this service for new courses should contact the Library 4 weeks prior to the start of the class to ensure sufficient time to source and process materials. Readings for courses that have been requested in previous terms can be processed quickly, and may be requested at anytime. E-reserves staff can locate and obtain reading material from universities across Ontario through Interlibrary Loan requests or may elect to acquire and add the material to the Library's collection.


Lindsay Gibb, E-Reserves & Learning Zone Technician.  Ext. 3702 

For further information, please see the Course Reserves Guide