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Course Reserves in the Library

For faculty members who want to put physical or digital materials on reserve for their students, there are several options:

Physical Course Reserves

  • Submit a list of books, media or other physical items using the Course Reserve Request Form.
  • Drop off items at the Book Checkout & Pickup Desk where they will be placed on reserve for students to check out for the loan period specified.
  • For more information or to arrange a consultation, contact: Tony Keller. (415) 405-5522 or


  • Patrons with a disability who need a longer loan period for Physical Course Reserve materials should contact Jenna French in the Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC) at or at (415) 338-7878 and she will arrange for accommodations with us on your behalf.

Electronic Materials

  • Embed links to articles and books available electronically directly into iLearn
  • Scan and upload materials into iLearn.
    • Use the high-speed document scanning station in the Digital Media Studio in LIB 260 or scanners available on a first-come first-serve basis in the Research Commons on the first floor and the Study Commons on the ground floor.
    • Learn how to use a scanner and the various ways scanners can be used to create instructional materials by viewing the library of online video tutorials available free to SF State faculty, staff and student employees. tutorials that focus on scanning include "Scanning a Document;" "Scanning Photos;" "Scanning Techniques for Business and Home" and "Scanning Techniques for Photography, Art, and Design." To use, go to the SF State Gateway and sign in with your SF State ID and password. On the main Gateway page, click on IT Services in the left column, then on the next page click on Online Training ( in the right column.
    • If you need help scanning materials for electronic reserve in iLearn, please contact the Digital Scholarship Center staff. They can be reached at or at (415) 338-1881.
    • For help with iLearn send an email to, call (415) 405-5555, use the built in chat in many iLearn courses, or by drop by the iLearn Services Help Desk in LIB 220 during office hours from 8:00AM to 5:00PM, Monday through Friday.


    • To ensure accessibility of scanned materials, submit your scanned materials to the Accessible Media Quick Converter, an online service designed to produce simple and quick file conversions from PDF and MS Word files into accessible formats, including audio files: