Placing Items on Reserve

Faculty may set aside books, media and readings for student use. Typically, print reserves do not circulate outside of the library. e-Reserves are accessible to students via their course pages in Blackboard. 

Overview of Process

See also the How to Place a Reserve Request tutorial

  1. Identify the resource to put on reserve
  2. Login to ILLiad 
    • On the left menu select "Place a New Reserve Request"
    • Choose to reserve an Article or Book Chapter (e-Reserves), or a Book or Media Item
    • You will be prompted to enter your course information. If not, please double check you are using the New Reserve Request form
    • Provide as much information as possible to help locate the item
  3. Confirm the materials are in compliance with Copyright Law
    • Learn more about Copyright & Reserves
    • You must obtain written permission from the author of any student papers/projects or dissertations
    • If required, the University Libraries will attempt to obtain permissions and will pay applicable permissions fees as the library's budget allows. If the cost is deemed unreasonable or excessive for a particular item, the library will notify the requestor and seek possible alternative solutions
  4. Provide materials, if needed
    • For materials not currently owned by the University Libraries, faculty may temporarily provide an original copy, until one is purchased by the libraries.
    • For items owned by the University Libraries, Reserves staff will obtain or scan the item

Please keep in mind:

  • Requests are processed in the order received.
  • Incomplete forms will likely cause delays.
  • We recommend submitting requests at least 3 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester.
  • If the items are not in the University Libraries' collections and need to be ordered, provide extra time.

Providing Student Access to Reserves

  • Print and Media Reserves
    • Send students to the main Reserves​. 
    • Or, link directly to the Reserve Catalog.
    • Remind students that reserves are available for students to check out for limited borrowing periods (e.g., 2hr or 7 days). 
  • e-Reserves
    • Activate your course in Blackboard.
    • Once processed, you will receive an email with a link to your e-Reserves folder. Add the link into the content area of your course page in Blackboard.
    • For assistance, see the How to Link e-Reserves in Blackboard tutorial.

Permanent Reserves

Libraries have small collections of items on “Permanent Reserve".  These items were determined, based upon value, usage and/or theft patterns, to require restricted, in-library-use only access. This is not the same as Course Reserves, as they are not linked to a specific course. If you think an item should be considered for Permanent Reserve, however, contact your subject librarian.

Contact Information

For questions regarding reserves, please contact the Reserves Team at