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Course reserves are reading materials identified by instructors and set aside in the library for students to borrow. The materials in the reserves collection have short loan periods to allow greater access to these materials for all students taking a specific course. Depending on the course number and the individual item, the loan period can vary from 2 hours to 7 days.
When we process instructor requests for reserves, we will typically fill those requests with an electronic format of the materials. When an electronic format is unavailable, unaffordable, or if the course instructor specifies a preference, we will provide the requested reserves materials in print.
Reserves materials can be found by searching a course number or by the instructor's name. If you are a student see Student Guide for help searching for Reserves in the Reserves system.
For more about reserves, see Borrowing materials from the Reserves collection.
Find Course Reserves
Search by your course number or instructor name
Search the Reserves system, use Library Search, or search the Library Catalogue to find ebooks, or ebook chapters, articles, and other online materials on Reserve. (In Library Search, your results will display in a box labelled "Course reserves.")
Search by title or other item information
Use Library Search or the Library Catalogue to find ebooks, ebook chapters, articles, and other online materials on Reserve. (In LIbrary Search, your results will display in a box labelled "Course reserves.")
Use the Library Reserves link in your Canvas course
For courses in Canvas, you can also use the Library Reserves link to directly access Reserves materials. (For some items, this may be the only way you can get access.)
Faculty requests for additions to Course Reserves: Course Reserves requesting system
Faculty may submit requests via the Course Reserves requesting system.
Manage your Course Reserves from within Canvas or within the Reserves system
Instructors can send Course Reserve requests to the Library from within a Canvas module, or by logging directly into the Reserves system.
Create course reading lists
Instead of submitting citations one-by-one using an online form, instructors can now create course reading lists and attach them to specific courses.
For complete instructions on using this system, please see Requesting Reserves: Guide for instructors.
For video tutorials on using the system, please see Leganto for Instructors.
Adding books to Course Reserves: Instructions for faculty.To get started quickly, please see
Log into the Course Reserves requesting system.
Basic steps to remember
- Create your reading list in the system
- Associate your reading list with your course
- Add citations to your list whenever you like
- Send your list to the Library for staff to process items
- Publish your list for your students to see
Requesting on behalf of an instructor?
Departmental or research assistants who are creating course list or making reserve requests on behalf of instructors should contact Library Reserves in advance to ensure access to the reserves requesting system.
For more general information on Library Reserves, please see Reserves services for faculty.
Help and contact information
Bennett Library Reserves for SFU Burnaby courses and Belzberg Library for SFU Vancouver courses:
Fraser Library for SFU Surrey courses: