Course reserves for instructors
On this page
- General information
- Submitting your requests
What is course reserves
The Course Reserves system helps course instructors provide readings for their courses to all enrolled students while complying with the Copyright Act, COPIBEC Agreement, and the Library's electronic resources licenses. Using this system, instructors can submit requests to post course readings online or to place a hard copy of a document (e.g. book, video) in the Course Reserves Room. When you send your request, library staff will check for copyright compliance.Log into the Course Reserves system
Copyright and course reserves
All requests submitted must comply with the Canadian Copyright Act, COPIBEC Agreement and the Library's electronic resources licenses. Please consult the University’s Policy on Copyright Compliance and Copyright Guidelines for Instructors. You may also consult the Library's online Copyright Guide for basic information on copyright.
To help us ensure copyright compliance, please provide full citation information for each item you are requesting to make available for your course. Requests without full citation information or accompanying material will take longer to process and/or may be sent back to the requestor. Library staff will verify copyright compliance for all items you have requested before making them accessible online. Please note that material exceeding posted copyright guidelines will require copyright clearance.
Types of material that can be placed on reserve
- Links to articles or e-books licensed for use by the Concordia University Library
- Links to websites
- Library books, videos, audios, etc. (please allow 6-8 weeks when the item you want for your course has to be ordered)
- Personal copies of books
- Journal articles
- Book chapters
Please note that material exceeding the copyright guidelines below will require copyright clearance.
- An entire article from a periodical
- Up to 15% of a work (e.g. book)
- An entire chapter from a book provided it constitutes no more than 20% of a work
Textbooks from the Bookstore
All undergraduate course textbooks adopted through the Bookstore will automatically be placed in the Course Reserve Room at the appropriate library. These do not need to be requested via the request form.
More information about the Bookstore's textbook adoption service...
The Concordia Bookstore can produce coursepacks that consolidate all your course readings. These are customized to your specifications and available for sale to your students. The bookstore takes care of copyright clearance, printing and duplicating of the material, coursepack preparation and stocking them on their shelves.
For further assistance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to submit your requests
Requests can be submitted using the online request form in the Course Reserves system. You can fill in the citation and we will retrieve the book, article, video, or other material you want to make available to your students via the course readings system. If you have a PDF version of the material, you may upload it.
The Library verifies that the readings you requested or uploaded for your course follow the Copyright Guidelines for Instructors as well as the Library licenses for electronic resources.
Whenever the Library has an electronic resource such as an article, a book, or a book chapter, we link to it rather than providing a PDF. This way, we do not need to pay an additional copyright fee for a resource for which we have already paid the access fee.
All hardcopies (e.g. texbooks, DVDs) will be placed in the Course Reserves Room in the library of your choice: Webster, SGW campus or Vanier, Loyola campus.Log into the Course Reserves system
Assigning someone to submit requests
You can assign your teaching assistant (TA) as a Proxy Instructor for your course much in the same way you would do it in Moodle. Your TA can then manage course reserves on your behalf.
Reusing material from a previous semester, or a cross-listed course, or a different course section
When adding readings to a current or upcoming course, you have the option to import readings from courses you have taught since Fall 2015 (or the last 5 years as of Fall 2020), as well as courses from the current semester.
Digital and online documents (e.g. articles, book chapters)
Enter citation information into the appropriate form. Add a URL*, attach a PDF**, or check the option “I will bring the material to the library” or “Please retrieve from the library collection and place on reserve”. Library staff will verify copyright compliance before making items available online.
*Adding URLs: Make sure the link (i.e. URL) does not include an 's' at the end of the http (i.e. http://www.page.com, NOT https://www.page.com)
**Attaching PDFs: We recommend including the title page of the book, as well as the title page verso (which has the copyright date), in submitted PDF scans of book chapters.
Library books, DVDs, etc.
The online request form for books allows you to check the library catalogue for availability. If the book is in the Library's collection, please add the call number to help us retrieve material faster and check the option “Please retrieve from the library collection and place on reserve”. If the Library does not have the book you want, please check the option “Please purchase and place on reserve”.
Personal copies of books, videos...
Use the online request form for BOOK to send us the information about the book. Please check the option “I will bring the material to the library”. You can then bring us the item(s) in person to the Loans Desk at the Webster Library or the Circulation Desk at the Vanier Library.
To ensure that Reserve request forms are processed in time and that materials are available to students for the beginning of each semester, please submit your requests at least three weeks before the beginning of a semester. Forms submitted without full citation information or accompanying material may take longer to process and/or may be sent back to the requestor.
Viewing citation information
Citation information for readings are available within course reserves. Click on the "Show Details" tab next to a reading to view this information.
End of course and reusing material
After the exam period has ended, the reading list will cease to be available for your students. If a student requires extended access to their course readings, please send an email request to email@example.com. You can reactivate any items that you wish to use again.
At the end of the semester, all personal copies of books will be removed from the Course Reserves Room and sent back to you. Library books placed on reserve upon your request will be returned to the regular library collection. Textbooks placed on reserve through the student funding initiative (LSF) will remain in the Course Reserves Room for two years, or until the instructor for the course requests that they be removed; contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to have textbooks removed from reserves for one or more courses.
Access to course material in Moodle
All digital readings posted in the Library's Course Reserves system will be accessible through a link (i.e. "View course readings") in your Moodle course. Instructors can use this link to add or modify content. Students can use this link to access their course readings.
A small number of courses will not automatically display the Course Reserves "View course readings" link, but it is easy for instructors to add it:
- In the upper right-hand corner, turn editing on.
- Go to the Add A Block section
- Select Course Reserves from the list of options
- The page will refresh and the block will be added. In the upper right-hand corner, turn the editing off.
- You can click on "View course readings" to add, modify, or delete course readings.
Permanent links in Moodle or in your syllabus
Once your course materials have been processed for reserves, you can use the link in our Course Reserves system to share the PDF document with your students. Please note that this link will work only for students that are currently enrolled in the course.
NOTE: Make sure the link (i.e. URL) does not include an 's' at the end of the http (i.e. http://www.page.com, NOT https://www.page.com)