What can I put on reserve for my students?

  • Any item from the University Library Catalogue including books, journals, DVDs, CDs, and maps.
  • Personally owned items that an instructor would like available to students, such as a copy of a textbook. Please note that the USask Library is not responsible for any personal materials that instructors place on reserve for their course. 
  • Print or photocopied chapters of books and journal articles (subject to fair dealing guidelines).

What about online resources?

  • Electronic resources do not need to be placed on reserve to make them accessible to your students. 
  • We can add links to online resources to your course reserves list. These links will appear on the same page as the other reserve items for your class. Please include the permanent link, DOI, or full citation when requesting an online resource for your reserves list. 

Loan Periods

  • When you put items on reserve for your course you must choose how long the loan period will be.
  • Options range from hours to days, depending on your library location.  See the reserve list form for details. 
  • Short-term loans can be specified for in-library use only. This means students cannot take the materials outside of the library building. 


  • Access to your course reserves is not limited to your students.
  • Any member of the U of S community with a valid library card may borrow course reserves for the loan period you specified.
  • The loan period length and late fines apply to everyone, including faculty.

Late Fines

  • Late fines for reserve items accrue at a rate of $2.00 per hour to a maximum of $100.00 per item. 
  • Students with outstanding library late fines will have their marks and transcripts withheld and will be unable to register in future courses until their fines are paid.
  • Instructors with outstanding library late fines may have their borrowing privileges suspended. 

Updating Reserves Lists

  • Reserve lists for courses are removed at the end of the each course.
  • At the end of each course, you will receive an email from the Library that includes the usage statistics for the materials you placed on reserve for your courses.
  • We recommend removing items that were infrequently used to make them more accessible to all library users. 

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