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Library Course Reserve

Library Course Reserve

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

If you do not use Moodle, you can still use the new Library Course Reserve system. Please contact the library's Reserve department and ask them to create your course in the system. Then you can use the link above to access the system directly to create a reading list for your course.

To set up a reserve list:

  1. Add the Library Course Reserve module to your course Moodle and set "availability" to "show on course page" (if you do not use Moodle, contact the library's Reserve department)
  2. Create a list of sources, or select an existing list
  3. "Publish" the list, or "Send to Library" if the list needs further processing (e.g., scanning print items, purchasing new items)

You 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

View the recording of our online workshop (38 minutes) to learn more about these features, or view the notes and slides from the workshop.