More information about Course Reserves

Obtaining URL to a journal article for upload to CILearn/Blackboard (PDF, 363KB)

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What kinds of materials can be placed in eReserves?

  • Journals
    Provide article citations and the library will check to see which articles are already available online and will make the appropriate links. Journals available through online subscriptions will not require copyright clearance.

    The Library will scan articles not available online. Provide complete source citation.
  • Books and Chapters of Books
    The Library will provide links for requested book titles we own as e-books and will scan print books owned by the Library.

How to submit materials for eReserves:

Please submit materials two weeks prior to the start of the semester in order to ensure immediate access by your students.

The eReserves Request Form must be filled out and submitted with the materials to the Library.

Requests can be submitted online or by printing out this form (PDF, 128KB) and delivering the materials to the Library. Printed copies of the form are also available in the Library, which you may complete when you deliver the materials.


  1. Faculty members turn request in to the circulation desk in the library either via electronic form or walk-in paper form.
  2. Materials that are not already available in electronic format are scanned and converted to Adobe PDF.
  3. Students access electronic formatted materials via CILearn by clicking on the Reserves menu choice for each course.
  4. Print Materials are processed and made available for checkout

How do I know if what I have to upload falls within fair use?

Not sure if your use of a document, link, textbook, book, or video falls within the fair use exception to copyright? Use the CSU Fair Use Factors Checklist (PDF, 59KB) to find out.

Typical Questions

  • How long will it take to get class materials prepared for my students?
    We will get your materials up for your students as quickly as we can. The earlier you can provide us with materials the sooner we can process and upload it.  We aim to upload to your course within 72 hours but at peak times (early semester) it may take a bit longer.

  • How many sources can I place in eReserves?
    eReserves are designed to provide access to Library materials that your students will be required to read and review for the semester. eReserves are not designed to house extensive recommended or suggested reading lists.

What kinds of materials can be placed on Print Reserves?

  • Textbooks and Solutions Manuals
    The Library generally does not purchase textbooks.
  • Books from the Library collection
    Provide title and call number and we can pull from the stacks to place in Print Reserves.

How to submit materials for Print Reserves

If you wish to have your textbook/s available for short-term checkout in Print Reserves, please personally or have your department send it/them to the Library Circulation Desk.  A Print Reserve Form (PDF, 133KB) should accompany the materials.

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