Reserves - Faculty and Instructors

Adding Course Reading Materials for Your Students

The Library’s Course Reserve Service supports teaching and learning by providing access to course materials to students.

For Fall 2020 and Winter 2021, Spring 2021  we will not be offering a print lending service for course materials. Our reserves staff will work faculty and instructors to add reading material that will be available online for your students.

  • Please submit the list of your course reading materials by April 16th 2021.  Materials needed for the first 4-6 weeks of class will be processed first, with the remaining items added before the reading date.
  • After April 16th, requests will be processed on a first come, first served basis and will be added to Ares as soon as possible.
  • Please allow additional time for processing videos or films where we will have to obtain streaming rights. Chapters that require copyright clearance also need more processing time.
  • We will ensure that all readings will be copyright compliant and will be available in Ares and viewable in cuLearn.

If you have placed physical books on reserve in the past and they are required for a course, the reserves staff will purchase a licensed e-book. If there is no ebook available to purchase, the following alternatives could be an option for you:

  • Subject to copyright and fair dealing guidelines, individual chapters can be scanned and made available to students through Ares.
  • Consider alternatives by using materials from the Library’s digital collections. (e-books, articles from journals etc.)
  • Material from public domain and open access sources can be added to Ares.

Harvard Business Review Cases and Articles

  • Cases, articles and teaching materials available in Harvard Business Review for Educators, included in our license agreement, can also be placed on electronic reserve in Ares.

Textbooks for Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring/Summer 2021 

Print copies of textbooks will not be available for loan for the fall and winter term. Please note that commercial textbook publishers do not license textbooks to libraries.  If you decide to use a textbook from a commercial publisher, there is a very good chance we will not be able to provide access to it, the only option will be for students to purchase the textbook.

To submit your requests:

  • Submit your reading list to
  • If you have had material previously in Ares, please send us an email and the reserves staff will work with you to clone over the material.
  • Teaching Assistants can assist you with reviewing content in Ares. Please ask them to fill out the Managing Teaching Assistants in Ares form for access to the content.
Content last reviewed: April 8, 2021