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Course Reserves For Faculty

This guide will discuss course reserves and provide instructions for adding course reserves to Sakai.

Course Reserves Overview

Faculty may place materials on reserve for students using the Ares platform, which can be access in Sakai under the "Course Reserves" tab. To add this tab to Sakai, and to request items, follow the instructions here: Instructions for Requesting Reserve Items.

Important reminders:

  • Please allow 1-2 business days for processing. At the start of the semester, processing may take up to 2 weeks.
  • Materials borrowed from other libraries cannot be placed on course reserves.
  • Personal copies of books or other items maybe be placed on reserve. Understand that barcode and reserve stickers will be added to these items.
  • Materials will be removed from reserve at the end of each semester. Nothing carries over, so you must resubmit requests for each semester.

Types of Course Reserves

RLB processes several types of course reserves.


The following materials may be added to e-reserves:

  • Journal articles (this includes articles obtained via ILL).
  • Scanned sections or chapters. 
  • Videos and websites can be linked within course reserves. 
  • Public domain documents or class notes.

The following materials may not be added to e-reserves:

  • Harvard Business Review (HBR) articles may not be posted or linked to directly.
  • Review electronic copies of textbooks.
  • Workbooks and other consumables.

Physical books and DVDs:

RLB Library owned (or faculty owned) books and DVDs may be placed on "hard copy" reserve. These materials are made available at the Information Desk, and usually in-library use only for 2-3 hours.

Streaming Media:

  • Request streaming media using the Streaming Media Form.
  • Films we currently have stored in Panopto will stream for 7 days during the requested dates. These films will available under the "Panopto" tab in Sakai.

  • Any films we need to license elsewhere will be accessed through the provided link, and will be subject to restrictions based on the streaming service.