Course Reserves

The Course Reserves team in the Library’s Access Unit helps DU students access materials assigned by instructors. 

At the request of instructors, we compile lists of course readings and make them available to students (typically via the Leganto module in Canvas). We source material from library databases, public websites, and physical material held by the library. We can also scan chapters of books or articles as PDFs  to copyright restrictions (up to 20% of a given volume).

All of the PDFs that we post in a course are processed for accessibility by screen readers, with the exception of alt text on images. We are also able to update or replace instructors’ existing PDFs so that they meet accessibility standards. By using Course Reserves, the library is able to ensure that copyright permissions are obtained and fair use doctrine applied. Course Reserves can lower costs to students by reducing the texts they need to purchase—we will purchase ebook texts for classes where possible, or we can place a text on physical reserve where it is available for limited check out. 

This process can be started simply by emailing a syllabus or list of needed resources to

Faculty & Instructors: How to place items on reserve and make them available to your students

Faculty and Instructor's Guide to Reserves

Students: How to access the items on reserve for your course

Student Guide to Reserves