Course Reserves Overview

Through our course reserves service, instructors can make course materials available to students online via Course Reserves.
We provide digitized versions of print materials and other formats, and place them online in instructors' individual course reserves. We also support faculty by placing physical items (books and other media) at the service desk located in the Music & Media Library.

Reserve course materials to provide your students with required course readings and/or to give your students the convenience of online materials.

Materials Available

Articles and book chapters can be placed online along with books, bound volumes of periodicals, and other materials owned by the library or by you. You can also upload files such as syllabi, lecture slides, and assignments to Course Reserves.

Reserving from Other Libraries

You may send Woodruff materials to other Emory libraries or bring other Emory libraries' materials to Woodruff, although CDs and DVDs stay in the Music & Media library and are circulated at the Music & Media service desk.  Business, Health, Law, Oxford, and Theology libraries offer separate reserves services, though all Emory libraries use Course Reserves.

How to Reserve Course Materials

Woodruff Library, Business, Health, Law, Oxford, and Theology libraries offer separate course reserves services.  By using Course Reserves, you will see the reserve materials you or other instructors have previously reserved; you may request physical items; upload files; link to websites, articles, and eBooks etc.

Course 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 14 days whenever the requested items are checked out.

Digitizing Materials

Course Reserves will digitize material as long as the material is compliant with copyright law. You may ask us to digitize an item by searching for it in discoverE and filling out a request form either in discoverE or Course Reserves.


Only part of a book, CD, or DVD published in the U.S. after 1923 or in Europe after 1909 can be put online for your class in Course Reserves without permission. For books, this usually means ~ 1 or 2 chapters, depending on the total pages in the book. We can request permission from the copyright holder to put more than that online, and the library will pay the cost. For more information, see our Reserves & Copyright page.


For further information or assistance, please contact us at (404) 727-2230 or by email at