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Library Reserves

Instructions for Faculty

Library Course Reserves system

The Dartmouth Library uses an online system for submission of course reserve requests and that students access from within their Canvas course sites. Faculty 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.

Access Library Reserves

Faculty can edit reading lists by connecting to the system through their Canvas site. Use the Canvas course site's left sidebar tab "Library Reserves/Guides"

Reading list templates are automatically created by the system and linked to your Canvas course.  

To reuse a list created within the Library Reserve system in SU'22 or after, please email Include the course code, term year of the previous list and the new term's course code. Example: ECON.010.01-FA22 to be copied to ECON.022.01-SP24.
Currently, this includes only media requests that were input into the Library Reserves system in WI'24.


Reserves Categories

  • Physical Reserves: Physical materials on reserve for the term circulate for a shortened-loan period of 2, 4, or 24 hours. Physical reserves are located at the Circulation desks of Baker-Berry, Dana, Feldberg or Matthews-Fuller Library. Faculty requests for materials are made available via the Library Reserves/Guides page. Physical DVDs are not placed on reserve.
  • Electronic Reserves: E-books, book chapters (PDFs) and other online library resources (URLs and streaming media subscriptions) are requested by faculty and made available via the Library Reserves/Guides page.
  • Streaming media:
    • Audio and Video reserve requests are submitted via the Library Reserves/Guides page. DVD requests will be streamed.
    • Completed audio and video requests are accessible from the Canvas course menu Panopto Video.
    • Streaming media subscriptions are available via the Library Reserves/Guides page.

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

Basic Steps

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

Step 2: Add items to your list

Step 3: Organize & add notes to your items

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

Reading lists become available to enrolled students when the Canvas course site is published.


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 questions for library staff about your course here.