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

The Library is currently only accepting physical item requests for on-campus or hybrid courses. For print book orders, please note that we are experiencing significant delays of up to several months, so we encourage faculty to have an alternate solution in place, in the event that books do not arrive in time. If you would like assistance with identifying potential alternatives, please contact your liaison librarian.

  • Drop off items at the first floor Book Checkout & Pickup desk where they will be placed on reserve for students to check out for the loan period specified. Due to high volume of demands, it may take up to 2 to 3 days for materials to be processed for Course Reserve.
  • For more information or to arrange a consultation, contact Course Reserves at (415) 405-5522, or email


Patrons with a disability who need a longer loan period for Physical Course Reserve materials should contact the Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC) at or at (415) 338-2472 and they will arrange for accommodations with us on your behalf.

Electronic Materials

Required textbooks owned by the Library in electronic format will be added to Course Reserves. Other e-books may be placed on reserve using the Course Reserve Request Form.

Faculty may also:

  • Embed links to articles and books available electronically directly into iLearn
  • Scan and upload materials into iLearn.
    • Scanners available on a first-come first-serve basis in the Study Commons on the ground floor.
    • If you would like assistance learning to scan materials for your classes, please stop by the Ground Floor Study Commons during scheduled open hours.
    • For help with iLearn send an email to, call (415) 405-5555, use the built in chat in many iLearn courses.


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:


Guidance on copyright compliance: