Course Reserve

Are you a student? If so, please visit our student information page to learn more about how you can use course reserves.

What is Course Reserve?

The ASU Library Course Reserve service is designed to connect students with their course materials as seamlessly as possible. Our team works with instructors to embed materials of all types, whether part of the library collection or freely available online, directly within the learning management system using the ASU Library Reading List tool.

Our Course Reserve service contributes to student success by eliminating barriers students face in accessing their course materials, providing immediate and free access to the content they need.

While there are a variety of materials that can be made accessible through Course Reserve, materials obtained through interlibrary loan or duplicated copies of audio or video recordings are not appropriate for the service. Please read on to learn more about how we can help and to find resources.

How can Course Reserve help?

  • Search for and embed ASU Library-owned materials to your course.
  • Include instructor-owned materials.
  • Digitize articles and book excerpts, according to our copyright policy.
  • Digitize and provide Streaming Audio, if guidelines are met.
  • Digitize and provide Streaming Video, if guidelines are met.
  • Purchase required materials not owned by the library, if available (see Textbook Availability).

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ASU Library Reading Lists for Canvas

ASU Library Reading Lists make it easy and engaging to create, access, and manage course materials. Reading Lists integrate the library catalog, enabling instructors to build, maintain and share a customized resource list within Canvas or on their own, including all material types, whether electronic or print. Reading Lists ensure students can access all course materials in one place and from any device. It’s essentially a customized library catalog for your course!

If your course is in Canvas, use the ASU Library Reading List tool to begin setting up your reserves.

If your course is not on Canvas, please submit a Reading List course request. If you need help, please contact us.

Tips for a smooth start

To ensure access on the first day of the semester for your students, please submit your Reading Lists for review three weeks prior to the start of the session.

Here are our recommendations for finding and adding materials to your course, at no cost to your students.

Physical reserves

If an electronic version of required course content is not available, we can keep a physical version reserved for your students at the information desk of any of our libraries. These can be library-owned materials, or your own personal copy.

When you add a physical item to your Reading Lists, you can choose from a few options to determine how long a student may check out an item.

If you provide your own materials, you can drop them off at any library. In order to monitor use of your materials, the ASU Library will need to process them into our system, which includes adding:

  • Clear tape on face and/or spine
  • Call number label
  • Barcode label
  • Reserve loan period tape

The Library is not responsible for damage or loss of personal books, media, etc. while they are on reserve.

All physical materials will be removed from reserve at the end of the semester, unless we have been notified of a continuing need. We will notify you when your personal materials are ready to be picked up at the end of a semester. Please make sure you have picked up your materials if you are planning to be off-campus for a considerable period of time.

There are some circumstances that may affect availability of physical items on course reserve, such as:

  • The material cannot be located in the library.
  • Whether or not a vendor can provide the material in a timely manner.

Questions? Get in touch!


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