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Reserve Materials for Your Course

Instructors can request books, films, videos, chapters, and articles to be placed on reserve through their course in Canvas. 

Library staff will scan book chapters, upload or provide permanent links to article/streaming media in our databases, and pull books and videos from our shelves to put on physical reserve. Instructors can also provide their own items to be placed on reserve.

By placing material on reserve, the instructor ensures that these items are readily available for use by multiple students for the entire semester.

How to submit course reserve requests

You can submit course reserve requests by enabling the Course Reserve tool in Canvas.

  • Log into Canvas and select your course.
  • Add the Course Reserve tool to the Course Navigation Menu by selecting settings and opening the Navigation tab.
  • Drag and drop the Course reserves tool into Course Navigation or select the menu︙to the right of Course Reserves and Enable it.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and save your changes.
  • Select the “Course Reserves” link you created and choose a semester to be directed to your Course Reserves homepage.
  • Make new requests or import items you had on reserve previously by choosing Add New or Import Previous items under the Instructor Course Tools Menu.

Guidelines and policies

Charles Library 

Students can check out a book on reserve for a 3 hour, Library Use Only, loan period at the One Stop Assistance desk. They can scan or photocopy the pages they need. Reserve books cannot be renewed. 

Students can check out media reserves for a 4 hour, Library Use Only, loan period at the One Stop Assistance desk. Portable DVD players and headphone splitters are available to borrow.  

Ambler Library

Books and DVDs placed on reserve at the Ambler Campus Library can be picked up at the library’s combined service desk and are subject to similar loan periods.

Health Sciences Libraries

Books and DVDs placed on reserve at the Ginsburg Health Science Library can be picked up at the library’s circulation desk.

Books and DVDs placed on reserve at the Podiatry Library can be picked up at the library’s circulation desk.

Placing materials on reserve

  • Requests are processed on a first come, first served basis. Instructors need to place their requests as soon as possible before the beginning of the semester to ensure timely processing. 
  • Reserves staff will process reserve requests for the current semester. Due to the volume of requests we receive, we are unable to fulfill requests that are not for a course you are currently teaching.
  • Requests for scans of up to 20% of a book will be eligible for fulfillment through Course Reserves. Eligible patrons must make one unique request for each individual chapter or serial article they wish to have scanned.
  • Hardcopy materials not owned by Temple Libraries will be purchased. For scanning, materials will be acquired through E-ZBorrow or ILLiad. Please plan accordingly, as it can take time to order and process new items. Also, please be aware that films go out-of-print and rights issues may prevent films from being available.
  • The library will not purchase e-books for course reserves, but will link to e-books we already own. Usage restrictions may apply.
  • Journal articles and book chapters are placed on electronic reserve, via a weblink or pdf. Text recognition is run on PDFs via Adobe, however, to ensure full ADA compliance you must contact the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and/or Disability Resources and Services.
  • Instructors' personal materials may be placed on reserve, provided they comply with copyright law. These items will be marked with labels and barcodes and will sustain more than your average wear and tear. While the library makes every effort to ensure that instructors' personal materials are not stolen or damaged, this does sometimes happen. Temple University Libraries cannot be responsible for the replacement or compensation of lost or damaged material.
  • Items are automatically removed from reserve at the end of each semester.

Get Help

Charles Reserves
preserve@temple.edu
215-204-0748

Ambler Campus Library
tulamblr@temple.edu
267-468-8648

If you need assistance with Canvas, please contact the Center for the Advancement of Teaching at cat@temple.edu or 215-204-8761.