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Library Reserves

Library Course Reserves system

Beginning Summer 2022, the Dartmouth Library has adopted a new system for streamlined submission of course reserve requests and improved student access within their Canvas course sites. Faculty can build their course title lists by importing items from our library system, by entering citations manually, or by using a plug-in to select items from the web.  Lists can be saved, re-used, edited, and shared to reduce the time associated with requesting course reserves.


Our library reserves system has not yet been implemented for video requests.  Please work with the Jones Media Center for film reserves:

Access Library Reserves

Access the Library Reserves system from your Canvas course site.  Direct-access is also available.

Reserves Categories

Library Reserves title list templates are system-generated for upcoming terms' Canvas course sites, linked from the Canvas course menu heading Library Reserves/Guides.

Corresponding subject Research Guides are also linked to the course list, even if no course reserve titles are added. 

Enrolled students have access to Library Reserves/Guides when the Canvas course is published.


  • Physical Reserves: Books or media that faculty place on reserve for the semester and which circulate for a shortened-loan period, 2-hour, 4-hour or 24 hour loans. Physical reserves are located at a Circulation desk at either Baker-Berry, Dana, Feldberg or Matthews-Fuller Library.
  • Electronic Reserves: E-books, book chapters (PDFs) or articles (URLs) that are requested by faculty are made available via the Library Reserves/Guides page. These are available to the students enrolled in the course.
  • Streaming media:
    • Audio reserve requests may be submitted via the Library Reserves system.
    • Video requests must be submitted via the Jones Media Center reserves form: webpage.
    • Completed audio and video requests are accessible from the Canvas course menu "Panopto Video."


Basic Steps

Step 1: Access Library Reserves and set up your title list

Step 2: Add items to your list

Step 3: Organize, tag & add notes to your items (Optional)

Step 4: Submit your completed title list for processing by Library staff

Reading lists become available to enrolled students as soon as you publish your Canvas course site.


Contact us

Who do I contact for help with Library Course Reserves?

Within every Library Reserves reading list is a right-hand communication pane: Notes to reserves staff. Please submit any questions for library staff about your course here.