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Course Reserves: Information for Faculty

Course Reserves: Information for Faculty

What kind of materials can I put on reserve at Snell Library?

Instructors may request print materials including books (see: textbook information), media such as DVDs and CDs, and personal copies for reserve. Online materials such as fully licensed e-books, articles, web links, and streaming media can be incorporated into a reserve list with Leganto.

(Note: If you would like to reserve a DVD for a one-time class screening, please submit a media booking request instead.)

To ensure that materials for your course will be available to students during the first week of classes, we recommend submitting a reserve request no later than two weeks prior to the first day of classes.

Our suggested request deadline for Spring 2022 is Monday, December 13. After this date, we will continue to process reserve requests in the order in which they are received.

What happens to reserve materials when the semester is over?

Snell Library maintains its course reserve system on a semester-to-semester basis. Courses and reading lists are not renewed automatically, and it is the responsibility of the instructor to provide the library with up-to-date request information.

• To re-create a reading list that you have used for reserve in past semesters, you must re-submit the list to the library. The easiest way of doing this is through Leganto (see below).

• To extend an active reading list into the next semester, please contact us before the current semester’s last day of final exams* to request an extension.

During intersession, all library-owned print reserve items that have not been requested for extension will be taken off reserve and restored to general circulation. For information on personal copies, see here.

*Last day of final exams for Spring 2022 courses: May 6, 2022

How do I submit or renew a reserve request through Leganto?

The library encourages instructors to use Leganto to create efficient and reusable reserve lists. Instructors who have used course reserves at Snell Library in the recent past will be able to review a catalog of their previous reserve lists by signing into their Leganto homepage.

To re-submit an existing list for an upcoming course, open the list and click the “Submit to library” button.

Northeastern University Library: Writing Center Collection (Submit List to Library)

If you don’t have any previous lists, or need to create a new list from scratch, click the “New List” button at the top right of your screen to get started.

Northeastern University Library: Writing Center Collection (Add New List)

If you are using Canvas and would like your Leganto list available to students in the Canvas site, we recommend you start the process from within Canvas. Click the “Leganto” tool link in your course menu and follow the on-screen instructions to activate the course and add a list.


For full instructions on creating, editing, and submitting reading lists, view our 7-minute video tutorial or visit our Leganto Starter Guide.

Still have questions? Contact us.


Library staff accept print course reserve materials in compliance with U.S. Copyright Law and the provisions of fair use.

Our course reserve service supports the teaching activities of Northeastern University. The Northeastern University Library exercises the right to determine conditions of use and to refuse materials for reserve for legal or other reasons.


Erin Beach

(617) 373-3397

LibraryReserves [at]">LibraryReserves [at]

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