Library course reserves provide access to course readings and materials selected by instructors. 

Course Reserves Requests

Requests must be submitted online using our new course reserves application.  The application is CAS-authenticated and allows you to view and copy previous requests. Processing typically takes 2 business days. All materials are removed at the end of the quarter and department/instructor copies are returned.

Please note:

  • Submit requests six weeks before classes start to allow time for processing and purchasing.  Additional material may be submitted throughout the quarter. 
  • Requests submitted in the first two weeks of the quarter may take longer to process due to overload.
  • Materials may be placed on reserve at any UCR Library location, regardless of the subject.
  • Department/instructor materials must be brought to the Circulation/Reserves desks of the library for which the request was submitted.
  • A course packet published by UCR Printing and Reprographics will not be accepted for e-reserves.
  • Items borrowed through movie services such as Netflix and Redbox may not be placed on reserve.  All media materials must be lawfully acquired or purchased copies.
  • We consider Fair Use Guidelines when reviewing requests.  

Books and Media

Books, e-books and media from either the library's collections, departmental materials,  or instructor's personal collections,  may be placed on reserve.  Materials circulate for limited periods for maximum student use. Journals, reference materials or items from other institutions cannot be placed on reserve. 

If we don't own a title and the instructor is not providing a copy, one copy may be purchased by the library.  Please allow 2-5 weeks for purchasing.  We will put e-books on reserve instead of print versions when available. You may provide your own additional copies for larger class sizes.  All material will have labels and barcodes attached to them.  We are not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items  provided to us for student use.

Media on course reserves may only be watched by students enrolled in your course;  a public screening cannot happen without public performance rights. Please notify students of this copyright issue.

Electronic Reserves (E-Reserves)

E-reserves provide online access to copyrighted and non-copyrighted material including class notes, past exams, homework, articles, and book excerpts.  Documents are accessed via the UCR catalog by students enrolled in the class through a password-protected interface that the instructor provides. Documents may be submitted in an electronic format or a legible photocopy of may be brought to the library to be scanned.