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Faculty Course Reserve Guide

How to place items on reserve, checkout times, copyright guidance, and more.

About Electronic Reserves

1. What are electronic reserves?

Electronic reserves are scanned articles, images, and files; links to websites; and links to eBooks and electronic journal articles. 

2. What are the copyright guidelines for electronic reserves?

See our copyright guidance for important information about copyright and e-reserves.

3. How are electronic reserves made available at HNU?

At Holy Names University, instructors make electronic reserves available through course sites on Canvas. Access is limited to students and instructors in each specific course.

4. Who is responsible for placing resources in Canvas?

Instructors scan/upload/link content to make them available on Canvas.

5. Can I create a "digital course pack" on Canvas in lieu of a textbook?

Absolutely. See the section in this guide on copyright for assistance determining copyright. The library has a rich collection of online resources, and everything the library licenses electronically may be used for instruction.

6. What special software do students need to open uploaded files?

For PDF files, students will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader, available free from the Adobe website, in order to view and print PDF files. (Go to and click on the "Get Acrobat Reader" button to download this software.)