Course Reserves Overview

Course Reserves is a licensed reserves management system. Because it manages both physical and electronic items, Course Reserves provides your students with both information on physical reserves available at the library and the convenience of online materials.

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

All courses are automatically created in both Course Reserves and Canvas, and reserves materials are easily accessible through both systems.

All courses, instructors and student enrollments are fed into Course Reserves by the Registrars’ office, so instructors and students will automatically see their classes when they log in.

Materials Available

Articles and book chapters can be scanned and made accessible online, along with web links and files such as syllabi, lecture slides, and assignments. 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 preserved for future use and can be reactivated in subsequent semesters, greatly reducing the time and effort needed to prepare for classes.

Reserving from Other Libraries

You may request materials from other Emory libraries to be placed on reserve at Woodruff and vice versa. Business, Health, Law, Oxford, and Theology libraries offer separate reserves services, though all Emory libraries use Course Reserves.

How to Reserve Course Materials

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

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 10 days whenever the requested items are checked out.

Please view our videos on Course Reserves Requesting and DiscoverE Reserves Requesting 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 either in Course Reserves or DiscoverE.

Copyright Content placed on Course Reserves, Blackboard, and Canvas must comply with U.S. Copyright law.

Please be aware that the Libraries review all materials uploaded to Course Reserves in order to determine if those materials fall within Fair Use and our license agreements. The Libraries will seek and pay permissions for materials when appropriate based on our guidelines.

If you are a Blackboard or Canvas user interested in posting content (journal articles, book chapters, etc.) for which you do not own the copyright, please work through the Course Reserves system, and our library staff will assist you with permissions, fair use, public domain, and other issues. Course Reserves class materials are viewable through Blackboard and Canvas. For more information, see our Reserves & Copyright page.


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