Course Reserves Overview

Through our course reserves service, instructors can make course materials available to students online with the web application ReservesDirect. Reserves Direct is open-source software, developed at the Emory Libraries to manage electronic and physical library materials reserved for university courses.

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 Music & Media, Reserves Library service desk located on the 4th floor of the Woodruff 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 ReservesDirect.

Reserves Direct is open-source software, developed at the Emory Libraries to manage electronic and physical library materials reserved for university courses.

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Reserving from Other Libraries

You can 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. Also, the Business, Health, Law, Oxford, and Theology libraries offer separate reserves services, though all Emory libraries use ReservesDirect.

How to Reserve Course Materials

Woodruff Library, Business, Health, Law, Oxford, and Theology libraries offer separate course reserves services. Use the ReservesDirect login page to locate the Reserves Library associated with your course/department with links to the individual library's reserves requesting procedures and submission forms. By using Reserves Direct, you will see the reserve materials you or other instructors have previously reserved; you can upload files; link to websites, articles, and eBooks etc.

If your TA needs to reserve materials, add your assistant as a proxy in ReservesDirect by going to the Manage Users tab. If the student is a first-time proxy, please notify Course Reserves (reserves@emory.edu or 404.727.1777) so we can update the student's User Profile.

Course Reserve 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 can ask us to digitize an item by searching for it in discoverE or in EUCLID and by filling out a Reserve Request form.

ReservesDirect or Blackboard?

That depends: Blackboard is best at administering courses, and ReservesDirect is best at providing course materials. You can¿t reserve a book in the library with Blackboard. You might want to useoth; you can create a link to your course reserves list and place it directly into your Blackboard course. See this chart for a full breakdown of the features of these programs.

Copyright

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 ReservesDirect without permission. For books, this usually means ~ 1or 2 chapters, dependiing 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.