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Course Reserves


Beginning with Fall Semester 2021, KSL will only offer course reserves services for audiovisual materials such as DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and CDs. Please note: course reserves for textbooks and all print material will no longer be accepted.  Contact your Research Services Librarian if you need assistance finding alternative ways to access content. 

Course reserve materials will be located at the Service Desk of Kelvin Smith Library and are only accessible by requesting them at the Service Center desk during Service Center hours.

Course Reserve Request Form   **Now accepting submissions for Fall 2021**


  • You must have a valid CWRU ID card in order to check out reserve items.
  • Overdue fines for reserve materials accumulate at $1.00 an hour.
  • A student wanting to check out an item longer than the assigned loan period must secure permission from the instructor. Contact reserves staff at to authorize the change.

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  • Course reserves at Kelvin Smith Library accepts personal copies or library-owned DVDs, CDs, Blu-ray discs or other audiovisual media
  • Requests to purchase audio-visual items not found in the campus collection are accepted
  • We cannot accept any unauthorized digital copies. 
  • Instructors should use Canvas to provide students with access to course material such as articles, book chapters, or video clips, or require students to obtain their own personal access to required course content
  • Items checked out by other borrowers may not be readily available. To best ensure item availability, faculty is encouraged to plan ahead and make course reserve submissions early.
  • Submitted requests may take 3-5 business days for processing, especially during peak times of operation at the beginning of each semester. Items are processed on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Please keep requests limited to 30 or fewer items per semester

Questions and Comments

If you have any questions about how to make submissions, please contact KSL course reserves at We always welcome your questions, comments, and suggestions.

Frequently Asked Questions

An email should be sent to with the student’s name and network ID, as well as the course number. The instructor will be notified when this process is complete.

Items requested for purchase generally take 2-3 weeks to acquire. Out-of-print items may take longer.

Supplementary material in digital form can be added to Canvas for student access.

You should first check with the instructor where that item currently resides. Once permission has been obtained from the originating instructor, you can then send an email to the reserve staff at so that the item can be booked for your class showing.

Obtaining textbooks and course readings are the responsibility of the student.  Instructors may wish to provide access to selected readings such as articles and book chapters and audio or video clips, by making digital versions available in Canvas course sites.  Many options are available for digital access to content, and in some situations scanning the needed chapter may be the best solution.  To discuss additional options for providing access, please contact your liaison librarian.  

The option of scanning books and chapters varies on a case-by-case basis.  In some cases scanning selected chapters will be the best solution, however instructors need to obtain their own scans. KSL staff do not provide scans.  Staff can provide basic instructions on using the scanners.  The doctrine of Fair Use is also at play and scanning an entire book may be in violation of Fair Use principles in some cases.  Generally speaking if students are required to read a text for class and it is not out-of-print, then instructors should expect them to obtain their own access.  In some cases, KSL may have an ebook version available. In special cases, KSL may be able to purchase an electronic copy, but KSL is not obligated to do so.