Course reserves - instructor requests

Instructors only. 

The course reserve service for instructors makes online and print resources available to students to support current courses, within U of T copyright guidelines. Tips for creating effective course reading lists.

Update to services in light of COVID-19 (November 11, 2020)

Although the library is open, physical course reserves are not available.

Our library staff will work with you to identify materials in our extensive digital collections that support course reading lists. We will make best efforts to acquire any digital content needed, such as e-books, streaming audio and video through purchase and other vendor agreements. 

  • Our Syllabus Service will review your course materials for coverage by the University of Toronto's Fair Dealing Guidelines or an existing license, and negotiate copyright clearance for any items that exceed these. 
  • The Course Reserves Collection at the UTSC Library is currently closed due to public health concerns. Our staff will investigate the possibility of acquiring electronic versions of texts that instructors would typically place on reserve where possible. Please read our statement on the challenges of replicating physical reserves in an electronic context.
  • Publishers do not make available some types of e-books, including most textbooks, for purchase by libraries. We regret that not every request will be able to be fulfilled.
  • Print book retrieval and scanning has resumed but continues to be limited. We are working with central U of T Libraries to meet limited scanning needs. 


Online resources

We will embed online course readings into the Quercus Library Course Reserves module, including:

  • links to ebooks, online articles and other Internet resources

Please note that scanning of print materials, such as book chapters, is limited.

Request readings

Email your course syllabus to Note: As we receive many requests for readings to be posted to Quercus, required readings are given priority. For recommended readings, we will make sure that there is at least one copy in the University of Toronto library system.

You will also need to add the course reserves module to your course menu in Quercus so that it is visible to students. Click on "Settings" and select the "Navigation" tab at the top of the page. Drag the "Library Course Reserves" box up into the list of default items for your course navigation menu, then click "Save" at the bottom of the page. The course reserves link should now appear in your course menu.

screenshot of the Quercus navigation settings menu

Access readings

To access readings, students select the "Library Course Reserves" option from their Quercus course menu. Their list of readings will then appear in a new tab.

screenshot of a Quercus course menu

Student view of reading list:

Screenshot of student view of course reserves

Print books **access to print course reserves in the library is closed until further notice**

  • At least 6 weeks before the start of your course, complete a request form or e-mail your reading list or a request, including the course title, code, title and author, to
  • Please note that we do not place on reserve books from other U of T Libraries.
  • We review items on course reserve every year and will contact you before the start of the semester.

Copyright questions

Scanned materials such as portions of published books and articles not available electronically must meet copyright requirements.

Visit the University of Toronto Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office website or your UTSC liaison librarian for more information.