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Course Reserves: For Students

Guide to using Library E-Reserves and Print Reserves Services

Reserve Borrowing Policies

Print Reserve Materials that are borrowed from the circulation desk are for library use only and can be borrowed for up to two hours. If an item is kept over the two hour limit without being renewed, fines of one dollar per hour will begin to accrue immediately.

Ebooks can have various lending allowances. If you open an ebook that is an "Unlimited-user Title" there are no limitations on the length of time or number of students who can use it at once. Depending on the database, the usage information may appear different. Below are some examples.


If the ebook is a "Limited-user Title," it behaves more like a physical book in that users must wait until another user is done with the ebook before they can gain access.

New Course Reserves Service

There is a new tab available in Canvas where you can access course readings.

Two different types of course readings can be found through Canvas' Course Reserves tab:

  1. Digital readings (PDFs, ebooks, articles in databases and websites) which can be accessed directly through Canvas.
  2. Print reserves which will be listed in Canvas but are available at the circulation desk in the library. 

The student section of this guide will give you an overview of what the Course Reserves tab has to offer, how to access different types of reserves, and how to search across all your courses for reserve items.

Print Reserves Search