Course Reserves Overview

Course Reserves is a library service that allows instructors to make course materials available to students in the library and/or online.

Because this service manages both physical and electronic items, Course Reserves provides your students with both information on physical reserves available at the library and access to online materials.

Course Reserves employs an online reserves management system that allows you to manage reserves for your course, and provides your students with information on materials available at the library and online.

Course materials can be organized according to timeframe, subject matter or any other designation. 

All courses reserves materials are automatically accessible through Canvas.

Materials Available

Articles, book chapters, syllabi, lecture slides, assignments, and URLs can be made accessible online.  Books, DVDs, and other materials owned by either the libraries or instructors can be placed on physical reserve at the Music & Media Library.

Reserve materials are saved for future use and can be reactivated in future semesters, greatly reducing the time and effort needed to prepare for classes.

How to Reserve Course Materials

Requests for electronic and physical reserve materials can be placed through both the Course Reserves system and the DiscoverE library catalog. Instructors can either upload digital materials or request library staff full-service.

Reserves requests are normally filled within 1-4 working days during the semester, 5-10 working days at the start of the semester, and up to 10 days whenever the requested items are checked out.

Please view our videos and how-to sheets in the Related Links section on this page for instructions.

Digitizing Materials

Woodruff Library Reserves staff will digitize material as long as it is compliant with copyright law. You may ask us to digitize an item by filling out a request form in either the Course Reserves system or the DiscoverE library catalog.

All content placed on Course Reserves must comply with U.S. Copyright law. 

The Libraries will seek and pay permissions for materials when appropriate based on our guidelines.

For more information, see our Reserves & Copyright page.

Reserving from Other Libraries

You may request materials from any Emory library to be placed on reserve. For more information contact your local reserves coordinator. 


Woodruff Library
4th floor, Music & Media Library

Goizueta Business Library
2nd floor, Woodruff Library

Law Library
2nd floor, School of Law

Oxford College Library

Pitts Theology Library
Room 209, Candler School of Theology

Woodruff Health Sciences Library