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Welcome to Course Reserves at Snell Library!

Reserves will look a bit different this Summer than in past semesters. While our print collection remains offsite and many faculty, staff, and students continue to work remotely, we won’t be offering in-person circulation of reserve materials from the help desk. While we anticipate being back in business for full-service print reserves in Fall 2021 (including personal copy textbooks), we ask for your patience as we prioritize electronic materials in the intervening months.

To accommodate fully electronic reserve use, the library has increased its online collection considerably, activating multi-user e-book licenses for course support wherever possible. We also provide streaming access for thousands of documentary, educational, and feature films through platforms like Kanopy and Academic Video Online, which students can view online for free with a Northeastern login.

Dear course instructors, please submit your Summer purchase requests for new electronic or streaming media materials by June 4, 2021, if possible. We might not be able to process requests made after this date until August. Send requests via Leganto or e-mail libraryreserves [at]

Students: Not sure if your course materials are available online? Here are two ways to check:

Scholar OneSearch

If you’re looking for an assigned article, e-book, or film, search the title in our online catalog to see if the library has access.


Log in to Canvas and check your course menu for a link called Leganto Reading List; if your instructor is using an online reserve list it will appear here:

Not sure if your class is using Leganto for reserves? Ask your professor!

We encourage all instructors assigning library materials this semester to use our electronic reading list system called Leganto.  More information about this resource—and how to get started using it—can be found below.

Leganto: Simplify Your Course Materials

Leganto is a reading list management system for Northeastern University, allowing instructors to develop a reading list within a Canvas course site and push it through to the library for processing. Leganto provides the flexibility to break readings into weeks and sections and to add different types of resources to course lists, including self-uploaded materials and web content. Leganto can also be used as a resource list for both library and non-library resources. Students benefit from the accessibility and affordability of having their course readings located within their Canvas course page. Other benefits include:

Image showing the Leganto system displaying on a computer screenImproving the Teaching and Learning Experience

Instructors can use Leganto’s analytics and commentary/discussion features to monitor material usage and gain insights into student activity and learning habits. This information can be used to determine the most helpful resource collections for their course.

Workflow Efficiency

Leganto facilitates transparency in the processing workflow, reduces faculty’s need to rebuild course lists each semester and provides more ownership of their reserves. Faculty can also collaborate with colleagues on lists for similar courses.


By utilizing library-purchased and open access materials available online, students no longer have to purchase expensive course packs and other required materials. This both saves students money and ensures equal access to course materials.

Enhanced Access

Leganto’s integration with Canvas means students and faculty can access materials without leaving their course homepage. And by collecting course materials in one location, users have fewer barriers to finding (and re-visiting) key resources. This can save time when it comes to citing sources, as well as when creating syllabi for future courses.

Get Started!

Follow the "Leganto Resources" link in your Canvas course menu to set up a course-based reading list:

OR log in to Leganto directly and start a list from scratch:

For full instructions on creating, editing, and submitting reading lists, view our 7-minute video tutorial or visit our step-by-step user guide.

Still have questions? Contact us.

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