More information about Course Reserves

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

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Do you have more questions regarding Course Reserves? Email

Questions regarding streaming media? Contact Laura Pendleton via email or phone (ext. 3180)

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
    There are thousands of books currently available free on the Internet. Many of these titles can be considered classic works of literature, science, and history. The Library will provide links for requested book titles. There are also numerous electronic books available (searchable on Quicksilver) that could be incorporated into eReserves. .

    For more current books, the library can scan in 1-2 chapters and/or and selected pages that, in total, do not exceed 10% of the original source.

  • Websites
    Provide the library with a list of sites and URL’s and the library will make the links to web sources.

  • Other Materials
    Materials developed by faculty members can be digitized. This includes mathematical and chemical formulas, homework problems and solutions, class lecture notes, line drawings, etc.

    Student papers can also be digitized and placed in eReserves, given the student has granted permission.

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.

  • Submitting material in electronic format:
    Course materials will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint format. Please provide a copy of the materials on disk or submitted as an attachment to an e-mail to Course materials created in other applications can be submitted as a hard copy (unbound/unstapled) that can be scanned and converted to Adobe PDF.

  • Submitting in paper format: Paper documents, such as homework solutions, should be provided as 8.5x11 inch sheets (unbound/unstapled) with at least 1/2-inch margins on all four sides. Single or double-sided copies are accepted. Text is preferable but legible photos are acceptable as well.

  • Legibility: Copies should be clean and clearly legible. Dittos or pencil written copies are not accepted, as they reproduce very poorly. If the documents being submitted are from a book or journal, please provide the primary source rather than copies, as a higher quality file will be achieved.


  1. Faculty members turn the course materials to the circulation desk in the library either electronically or walk-in.
  2. Materials that are not already available in electronic format are scanned and converted to Adobe PDF.
  3. Students access the materials via Blackboard by clicking on the Reserves menu choice for each course.

How do I know if what I would like uploaded 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 48 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 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 in 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.

What videos can be streamed and linked to my course?

The Library must own any video that is streamed and linked to any CI courses.  If you would like to have a movie streamed that we do not own, you can request the title be purchased, or if you have an extra copy you could donate it to the library.