Course Reserves (Ares)

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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
  • Learn how to request streaming media for your course


Contact us.

The library is committed to ensuring that members of our user community with disabilities have equal access to our services and resources and that their dignity and independence is always respected. If you encounter a barrier and/or need an alternate format, please fill out our Library Print and Multimedia Alternate-Format Request Form. Contact us if you’d like to provide feedback: