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Requesting Course Reserve Materials for Fall 2020

We are currently accepting submissions of course reserve materials for the fall 2020 semester. Login to Ares, the library’s course reserve system, to place materials on reserve.

Requesting materials for the fall 2020 semester

  • Course materials needed for the first week of fall semester classes should be submitted by Friday August 14.
  • After this date, requests will be processed as quickly as possible on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • The availability of items you have submitted may be checked at any time by signing in to Ares.
  • All materials posted online via Ares will be copyright and AODA compliant and can be directly integrated into CourseLink.

Alternatives to print textbooks and other print materials for fall 2020

Print copies of textbooks and other print resources will continue to be placed on reserve and will be available for loan if the library building can be open to the public. However, as many courses will be offered in online formats and most students will not be physically on campus, borrowing print materials from the reserve collection may not be an option for students in your course. The library will attempt to purchase e-book versions of all print materials that are on reserve for your courses, however, this is often not possible due to publisher restrictions on selling e-textbooks to libraries.

If the library is unable to purchase an e-book version of a requested course reserve title, please notify us if you wish us to pursue one or more of the following alternatives:

  • Scanning individual chapters (subject to copyright guidelines) and posting them in Ares. We will obtain permission, when possible, for requests that exceed fair dealing guidelines.
  • Creating an online course pack by linking via Ares to alternate content from the library’s extensive collections of electronic resources, including e-books, journal articles, streaming media, and other digital materials.
  • Having the library purchase an available e-book (that is not a commercial textbook) in your subject area.
  • Adopting an open educational resource (OER). OERs are freely available educational materials that are openly licensed to allow for re-use and modification. Using OERs ensures that students have free and unrestricted access to their course textbook on the first day of class.


Email us at library@uoguelph.ca.