Course Reserve Services

The Reserve Team is ready:

  • to work with you to identify materials in our extensive digital collections that support course reading lists
  • make the best efforts to acquire or license a digital alternative to the print materials you need as our physical collection is currently unavailable
  • enable access via the Ares course reserve system to any content that exists in a digital format, such as e-books, journal articles, streaming media, and other digital materials
  • ensure that all materials posted in Ares are copyright and AODA compliant and will do its best to negotiate copyright clearance for any items that exceed these

Please note:

  • Some types of e-books, including most textbooks, are unavailable for purchase by libraries, so we may not be able to fulfill every request.

  • We regret that some services, such as retrieval and scanning of print books, are not possible under current COVID-19 restrictions. At the same time we may be able to provide previously scanned materials in compliance with Fair Dealing Guidelines and licensing permissions.



Requests submitted before the following dates will be ready in time for the first week of class:

  • Fall term: August 1
  • Winter term: December 1
  • Spring/Summer term: April 1


At the beginning of each term: 10-15 business days.

Reserve lists are processed in order of receipt. Please note: Due to the number of requests submitted before the beginning of each term, our policy is to process the first 3-4 weeks of readings initially, and then add the remaining readings in advance of the reading date.

At other times of the year: 1-2 business days


The default loan period on reserve items is three (3) hours. If you would like a longer loan period on select items (24 hours or 48 hours), please indicate this in ‘Special Instructions’.


In the ‘Special Instructions’ box, please indicate if any items are personal copies, which can be dropped off at the Ask Us desk. The Library is not responsible for the damage and/or loss of personal material placed on Reserve.


Materials that are copied for Reserve must be in accordance with the Copyright Act and the University’s Fair Dealing Policy.

Student access to course readings

Students can search for their course reserves from the library website. If you choose to add the Ares reserve system to your course site in Sakai, students will be able to access their readings directly from their course site.

Ares Support and Instructions

Instructors can also add and manage readings in their courses. Follow these instructions.


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