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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.

Supported Browsers

  • Please use one of the supported browsers, Firefox or Chrome, for the best experience.
  • Private and Incognito browser windows interfere with some of the functionality and are not recommended.

Screen and window size

Button text can be hidden if viewing the reserve page is at less than full screen or if using a mobile device.

Example: the  Add Items + button.

Small screen or window view. Look for just a + plus symbol blue button.

Full screen view. Text is visible.

To see the button text, go full screen or increase the window size.

Cite It! Bookmarklet - Known Issues

  • You must be connected to the Dartmouth network with your Dartmouth credentials to use Cite It! You will be prompted to log in if you are not.
  • If after clicking the Cite It! bookmark icon no popup window appears (see image below), re-install Cite It!
    • Remove the bookmark and reinstall Cite It! from within the Library Reserve page.
  • Re-install the Cite It! tool if browser has been updated since last Cite it! tool usage.
  • Be sure the browser is set up to accept 3rd-party cookies and there are no popup blockers.
  • Try installing Cite It! in the other browser, Firefox or Chrome.
  • Add the Cite It! tool in 2 distinct steps. Click on the purple CITE IT! bubble first. Drag to toolbar.
  • Cite It! only works with supported sites. To see the list of supported sites, click on your account initials on the right-hand side of the Library Reserve system's top banner. Click Cite it! to open a window explaining the tool; the supported sites are in the bottom dropdown.
  • URL of Cite It! bookmarklet:
    • javascript:(function(){ var jqv = 0; var jquiv = 0; if((typeof jQuery != "undefined") && (jQuery != null)){ jqv = jQuery.fn.jquery; if(jQuery.ui != undefined) { jquiv = jQuery.ui.version;}} var i = document.createElement("script"); var sc = "" + encodeURIComponent(document.URL.split("?")[0]) + "&institute=01DCL_INST&auth=SAML&lbVersion=20235&jqv=" + encodeURIComponent(jqv) + "&jquiv=" + encodeURIComponent(jquiv); = "jsLegantoParser"; i.src = sc;  i.setAttribute("base",""); document.getElementsByTagName("BODY")[0].appendChild(i); })();

Cite It! is to save time inputting data;  the Add Items>Blank Form option may be used instead.

A Cite It! popup form is pictured below.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a direct link to the Library Reserves system without going through Canvas or if I do not have an active course in Canvas?

  • Please reach out to if you do not have a Canvas course to discuss how we may assist you.

How do I request films for my class?

  • All formats, including films, can be added to your reserve reading list.  All films will be digitized for streaming via Panopto. For films not already in the the Dartmouth Library collection, please contact your subject librarian.

Do I have to select every result that matches the title I want to place on reserve?

  • No. Library staff will make sure all formats and editions are placed on reserve for the requested title. If you only want a specific edition, translation, publisher, etc. please comment in the Notes to reserves staff for the item.

What if I want only a certain edition to be placed on reserve?

  • If possible, select that specific search result to add to the list and comment in the Notes to reserves staff for the item. If the library does not own the correct edition, find the correct edition online and use the Cite it! bookmark to add the item to the list or use the Blank form to enter in the information manually.

How do I put a Personal/department book on reserve?

  • Find the item using Cite it! or fill in a blank form. Use the citation's Notes to reserves staff to note you have a copy to lend the library for the term.

How do I request multiple chapters scanned from the same book?

  • Select the book citation and edit it to Type: Book chapter. Do a separate request for each chapter. Be sure to include your copyright determination.

What do I do about resources which can't be located in Dartmouth Library Search?

  • Use the Cite It! feature for internet content. Edit the Cite It! form as needed.
  • Manually enter the item; use the Notes to reserves staff pane to note a purchase is requested. Specify format desired, if relevant.
  • Contact your subject librarian with a purchase recommendation. 


The book order hasn’t arrived in time, can you scan selected readings in good faith?

  • Library staff may scan portions of the text while awaiting the arrival of the physical item. The scans will need to be removed once the hard copy arrives if the selections were determined to be Not Fair Use.


The e-book license doesn’t cover everyone. 

Your options for using eBooks will depend on the platform the ebook is available in. Some platforms will allow you to download or print specific chapters or sections, while some will let you download the whole book. Most will let you search within the eBook itself.

eBook publishers can apply different levels of access and usage restrictions which may affect the way you use them. Some of these restrictions include:

  • print, copy or download allowances
  • a limited number of users
  • borrowing periods

Can I hide items on my list from the students?

  • Yes. Enter From (Start) and To (End) dates in the section title box and click the Section visible only during these dates checkbox. Individual citations may also be hidden.

How do I know when my list has been completed?

  • As library staff complete work on your list, you will receive an email with an update of what has been done and of any outstanding items.


May I  add something to my list after the deadline has passed? How far into the term may I add things?

  • The library accepts reserve requests throughout the term. You may add items to your reading list after the initial set of titles have been submitted.  The Send To Library button re-activates from List Sent when new items are added. Click the Send To Library button to alert library staff of new additions.



I’m teaching a class next term that someone else taught last term.  Can I reuse (and update) their reading list?