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.
  • 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 the library's collection  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 requested title, we will purchase a copy. If we cannot obtain a requested title or an appropriate number of copies, we will reach out to you to determine if personal copies are available to be placed on reserve. Please allow 2-5 weeks for purchasing.  We will put e-books on reserve instead of print versions when available.

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 electronic material, such as links to articles, book excerpts, homework assignments, class notes and past exams.  Material requested for scanning or previously digitized material will be uploaded into iLearn/Blackboard.  Instructors are responsible for building their course within iLearn and providing students with access to electronic materials.  Permalinks to library-owned electronic journal articles may be posted in iLearn or in the course reserve listing of the library catalog, depending on instructor preference.