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Library Course Reserves

Course Reserves is the collection of library materials placed behind the Library Services Desk by request from professors and instructors to be used by students throughout the current semester. These items have a short loan period (usually 3 hours) to allow more students a chance to use them each day. These items can be textbooks, books from the library’s collection, or videos.

  • If you would like to reserve an item for one particular day for use in a classroom, please use our Media Scheduling Service. If you would like to place an item on hold for yourself to pick up, please use our Shelf Service Retrieval Request »
  • All course reserves (books, media, and online, library and personal copies) are available through our online system. View Reserve Guidelines »

    • Accessible from your Canvas course module as a navigation option in “Settings
    • Can be used to request books, media, or online reserves
    • Library Course Reserves support includes locating and scanning items you request
    • Course Reserves can replace course packets to save your students money
    • Adherence to copyright will be assured through careful review by library staff


    1. Log in to your course in Canvas »
    2. Choose “Settings” from the left hand menu
    3. Click on the “Navigation” tab
    4. Drag “USF Library Course Reserves” into the active navigation options

    To request textbook, book, book chapter, media (DVD or VHS), article, or other documents to be placed on reserve (library owned or personal copies) follow these easy steps:

    1. Click on “USF Library Course Reserves” in your course’s left hand menu
    2. Click on “subscribe now” to receive email confirmation that your items is being processed
    3. Select “Add Reserve Items
    4. Select type of reserve item or import items from previous courses
    5. Submit your request

    Your course item information will be sent to a library reserve team member for processing. Any questions can be directed to reserves@lib.usf.edu or by calling 813-974-4182.

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