Course Reserves (Ares)

Login to the Course Reserve (Ares) system

The Course Reserve (Ares) system allows instructors to make course materials available to enrolled students in one convenient place.
  • Course reserve materials are made available in online formats whenever possible.
  • Physical reserve items are available to borrow on a first come, first served basis. The physical reserve collection is a self-serve collection located on the first floor of the library adjacent to the Ask Us Desk.
  • Physical reserve items may be borrowed on a four hour loan. A few reserve titles are available on a one day (24 hour) or three day loan.
  • Use the self-check unit adjacent to the reserve collection to check out physical reserve items.
  • If you borrow a course reserve item, please return it to the Reserve Return Shelves rather than the book return bins.

How to find items in the course reserve system (Ares)

  • Login to Ares to find materials that your instructor has placed on course reserve, Your instructor may also have made Ares course reserve materials available via CourseLink.
  • Online materials can be accessed directly by clicking on the View Item link in Ares.  If you are off campus you may be prompted to sign in using your U of G credentials.
  • If the item is a print book or other physical item, check availability in Omni or Ares before coming to the library.
  • Locate the item yourself in the self-serve reserve collection near the Ask Us Desk.  Instructions for borrowing physical reserve items are posted adjacent to the collection.
  • If you need access to course materials that are not currently listed in Ares, please contact your instructor. 

Faculty & instructors

  • Course reserves (Ares) gives your students convenient access to a wide range of your course materials from the library collection, such as books, e-books, book chapters, journal articles and streaming media, as well as your own copies of books and other print materials.
  • All material posted in Ares is copyright-compliant, meets the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and can be directly integrated into CourseLink.
  • Print books may also be placed on reserve and  are made available to students on a four hour loan. Some titles can be made available on a one-day (24 hour) loan if there are multiple copies.  At your request, items may also be made available for a three-day loan.
  • Learn how to place materials on reserve for your course
  • Learn how to import Ares course reserves into your CourseLink site
  • Learn about e-books and course reserves


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