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Library Course Reserve

Library Course Reserve

The Moodle-integrated Library Course Reserve system offers a single location to organize all course readings. You can access it within Moodle, or directly at

  Watch the video introduction for a quick demonstration of how to get started.

If you use Moodle, your course should include a Library Course Reserve module by default. You can use Moodle's regular editing features to change the name or edit settings (such as to "hide" or "show" the list on students' pages).

If you do not use Moodle, you can still use the Library Course Reserve system. Log in directly at and create your course reading list. Include the course code in the list's name so the library can recognize what course the list goes with.

To set up a reserve list:

  1. Click the module in Moodle, or access the system directly
  2. Create a new list or connect to an existing list
  3. Add items (readings, viewings, listenings, etc.) to your list
  4. Click to "Publish" the list so students can see the list, or "Send to Library" if the list needs further processing (e.g., scanning print items, purchasing new items)


A list can include:

  • Online library resources, such as ebooks, articles, streaming audio and video files, etc.
  • Physical items (books, photocopies, CDs, etc.) held at a library reserve desk for brief check-out periods
  • Items you upload and store in the system (PDFs, sound and video files, etc.)
  • Links to resources on the Internet
  • Brief notes about each item in your list

Your reading list can be organized in a variety or ways, such as:

  • Time period, e.g., weekly list of assigned readings.
  • Topic
  • Format of resources (text, audio, video, etc.)
  • Importance (e.g., essential, recommended, optional)

You can allow students to:

  • Discuss readings in a class or section forum
  • "Like" readings
  • Record private notes on readings
  • Report broken links or access problems

Some other useful features:

  • Online items accessible via OneSearch, files uploaded into the system, and links to Internet resources are automatically processed and can be viewed by students right away
  • Items that are not automatically processed (print books, items the library does not own, etc.) are sent directly to library staff to process for you
  • The system tracks which items have been accessed and how often (though it does not indicate which individual students accessed which items).
  • Create standalone lists (not connected to a course) or build your own collection of citations
  • Edit and reuse lists in later semesters and other classes