Reserves For Students

Reserve readings for your classes come in two varieties: print and electronic.

Print Reserves

Print reserves are required texts, course packs, and some optional reading.

Where can I find my course's print reserves?

Print reserves are kept behind the circulation desk in the SLIS Library. You can confirm what we have on reserve at the library using the Course Reserve search in the Library Catalog. Front desk staff is happy to help you.

How do I check out print reserve material?

Most print material is on closed reserve, which means that it can be checked out for two hours at a time and must stay in the library. Some print material is on open reserve. Open reserve material can be checked out overnight, and is due at 9 AM the following morning. If an open reserve item is checked out on a Friday or Saturday, it will be due the next day at noon when the library opens.

Electronic Reserves

Electronic reserves are scanned materials, web links, and links to full-text articles from databases. E-reserves pages also contain an electronic copy of a course's syllabus. Many e-reserve readings are protected under copyright, and should not be shared or distributed beyond the class. See the Policy for Electronic Reserve Access to Copyright-Protected Materials for more details.

Where can I find my course's electronic reserves?

There are two ways to get to the e-reserves page for your course. You can log into Learn@UW, click on the name of the course, and then click the button that says "Library/Reserves" in the upper left corner. Or, if you prefer, you can log into My UW, click the "Academics" tab, and then click "Library/Reserves" next to your course.

I can't find my course's e-reserves page!

Not all courses have e-reserves pages. Some instructors upload their readings to the content module of Learn@UW (log into Learn@UW, click on the name of the course, and click the "Content" button in the upper left corner). Some courses have no online reserves at all. If you're unsure about whether your course has e-reserve readings, ask your professor.

One of the links on the e-reserves page doesn't work!

If you find a broken link on your course's page, or something seems to be missing, please email and a library worker will fix the problem. Sometimes a link to a database article will expire between the time the e-reserves page is built and the time you try to access it, despite our use of a "permalink." And we do make mistakes, so please do let us know and we will address the issue as quickly as possible. At the same time, keep in mind that if you use the citation from your syllabus or reading list, with FINDIT (on the UW-Libraries homepage) you can locate a lot of content immediately.

There's something wrong with this e-reserve file!

Many online readings are saved in the PDF format. To open a PDF file, you need a PDF reader. Good free PDF readers include Adobe Acrobat Reader and Foxit Reader. If a file is unreadable, missing pages, or you think it might be corrupted, email and a library worker will take care of it.