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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:

Course materials are acquired and incorporated into a list, and may be added to your Canvas course, using Leganto software.

(Note: If you would like to reserve a DVD for a one-time class screening, please submit a media booking request to ensure the DVD will be held and available on the day you need it.)

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 four weeks prior to the first day of classes.  After this date, we will 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.

How do I submit or renew a reserve request?

The library encourages instructors to use Leganto, the library's course reserve software, 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.

Single titles such as a textbook or film may be requested using the library's Recommendation Form.

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

Sample Canvas List: 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.

Sample Canvas List: 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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