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Course Reserves

JULY 2022 - COMING SOON! New Course Reserves System

We are implementing a new reading list and course reserves system, to be introduced this summer for Fall courses. This new system aids faculty in building reading lists, using content from both BC Libraries and non-library holdings from the web or uploaded files. Benefits include:

  • Better teaching and learning experience for faculty and students
  • Improved workflow efficiency across faculty, student and library
  • More affordable for students who can utilize more library-purchased and open access materials available online
  • Enhanced access through Canvas saves faculty and students time and effort by collecting course materials in one location.

During the summer faculty may continue to use the current methods of submitting requests (see below);  after that you will be redirected to our new Course Resources software in Canvas.  Stay tuned! 

Submitting Course Reserves for ERC Physical Materials & Faculty Items

Instructors may place a physical ERC item on reserve, please email with the course syllabus or title(s) of the item(s) and the course code and section number of the course. Or, please fill out the ERC Reserves Form and bring the form and the item(s) to the ERC Circulation Desk.

For electronic items (articles, ebooks, book chapters, etc.), submit your request using the Library Reserves request form.

O'Neill Education Materials Course Reserve Processing

Faculty may place education items located at O'Neill, including physical items (books, DVDs, etc.) as well as electronic items (articles, ebooks, book chapters, films) on reserve for their class through O'Neill Course Reserve. Links will appear in the Library Resources and Course Reserves tab in Canvas. If you do not find a title on reserve, search the Library Catalog to see if it is available through our regular collections


Syllabi or reserve requests should be submitted as soon as possible to ensure reserves are ready for the first week of classes. Some items may need to be ordered, scanned, recalled, or repaired, which can cause a delay between the time a syllabus is received and the time the material is available for student use.


The ERC Course Reserves service allows instructors to make required or supplemental course reserve materials available to students. Items placed on ERC Course Reserves may be viewed in the library for 2 hours. Reserve materials can include:

  • ERC or personal books
  • Course packets
  • Films and videos
  • Kits or realia
  • Technology items (iPad, ELMO, etc.)

For electronic items (articles, ebooks, book chapters, etc.), submit your request using the Library Reserves request form.

Removal of Course Reserves Material

Items may be placed on reserve for Fall, Spring, or Summer sessions. Unless otherwise requested by a course instructor, ERC staff will remove materials from course reserve at the end of each semester.

To remove an item on reserve during the semester, please email with the title(s) of the item(s).

Additional Information

Course Reserves & Canvas

A link to the Library Course Reserves list appears in every Canvas site and can also be accessed through the library Course Reserves.

Course Reserves for Visually Impaired Students

Students should contact the Assistant Dean for Students with Disabilities to obtain textbooks or course readings in a format that is accessible to them. A full list of disability services is available from the Disabilities Services Office.

ERC Supervisor