Course Reserves: Information for Faculty

How to Request Reserves

Boston (Snell Library) | Oakland (F. W. Olin Library)

Boston-Based Faculty/Instructors

Electronic Reserves and reading lists: use the Leganto reading list platform to create course lists each semester. Through the Leganto interface, you can utilize licensed e-books, articles, and streaming media from the library’s collections to provide efficient and affordable access to course materials, or upload/link to any files, web links, or other open resources. Explore Leganto Information for Faculty to get started.

Print reserves and textbooks: use Leganto to place on reserve print books owned by Snell Library or textbooks & course packs provided by the instructor as personal copies. Print reserves are held behind the Help & Information Desk at Snell Library for the duration of the semester and made available to students for a restricted loan period (either 3 hours or 24 hours, at the instructor’s discretion).

Media: Assigning media materials that are available in the library’s streaming collection is recommended for most efficient access. Snell Library retains a small DVD collection on site; students who require a DVD player to view reserve materials in the library will need to schedule space with the Recording Studios.

Submit a Reserve Request Using Leganto

Timing: To ensure that materials for your course will be available to students during the first week of classes, please submit reserve requests no later than two weeks prior to the first day of the semester.


Erin Beach
[email protected]

Oakland-Based Faculty/Instructors

Electronic Reserves

  • E-Reserves are available through Leganto. If you would like to use Leganto for e-reserves, please email [email protected] to request that the library set up a page for your course. Make sure to include the course code and course title in your request.
  • If you need access to any e-reserves used in the past, email [email protected] with the professor’s name, course name and course number.
  • When choosing materials, we highly encourage selecting electronic resources that are licensed by the library or are Open Educational Resources (OERs). See the Linking to Resources guide for information about linking to materials in the library’s databases and the Affordable Course Materials guide to identify OERs.
  • If you must use a specific text not available legally online, we recommend selecting 10 percent of the most important content and uploading it to canvas.
  • Faculty members are responsible for complying with copyright law. Please refer to the Copyright and Fair Use Guide for more information.

Physical Reserve Copies

  • You can use Leganto to submit reserve requests for physical items as well. Please email [email protected] to request that the library set up a page for your course. Make sure to include the course code and course title in your request.
  • You can also submit reserve requests via our online request form, which we have used in previous years, but this form will no longer be available come 2024.
  • If you need to request something the library doesn’t own, use our library purchase request form. Make sure to indicate that the item is for reserve and include the course name and number. We cannot purchase textbooks, but you may provide personal or department copies that we will place on reserve.
  • You can drop off personal copies at the circulation desk up to one month before the start of the semester. We are not able to accept them further in advance.

We continue to urge you to consider using e-books and other electronic resources instead of print materials. Please email [email protected] for help determining whether your course materials are available electronically.

For additional instructions on how to use Leganto, both for e-reserves and physical reserve items, please refer to Leganto (reserves) for Oakland Instructors.


Sean Schaeffer

[email protected]