Students: Find Reserve Materials

E-Reserves - Selected Courses Only

  • Electronic Reserves (E-Reserves) are now available via Canvas.

Traditional Reserves - Selected Courses Only

Faculty: Place Materials on Reserve

Frequently Asked Questions about Reserves for Students

Faculty members place items on reserve as part of course materials to ensure large numbers of students can use a limited number of resources. Reserves may be physical items such as books or media (traditional reserves) held at the library or they may be electronic items (electronic reserves) accessed via Canvas.

Electronic Reserves (E-Reserves): Items that are stored and read electronically like some journal articles, clippings. E-Reserves are available 24/7 through Canvas. 

Traditional Reserves: Physical items that are held at the library for patron use are called traditional reserves. These items are checked out for limited amounts of time, usually two hours. If an item is a "closed" reserve item, it must be used in the library. If an item is an "open" reserve item, it may be used anywhere as long as it is returned within the loan period.

Electronic Reserves: see Canvas. Look in the materials posted for each of your courses.

Traditional Reserves: The library's online catalog will tell you if an item is a reserve item. If you know your class has items on reserve, you can search in the online catalog for reserve materials by course and by instructor.

If you are an instructor at UC, you may place items on reserve at the College and Departmental Library that serves your college or department or at Langsam Library. More information on submission guidelines may be found on the Faculty Guidelines pages for E-Reserves and traditional course reserves.