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Reserves/course readings: Library reserves

Course Reserve Service

The Library's Course Reserve Service allows instructors to set aside books, films, sound recordings and other physical items for class use. Items can be identified online via CatSearch and checked out at the Borrow Desk. The lending period for all Course Reserves is currently four hours. 


Access your instructor's physical course reserve items using the Course Reserve tab search option in CatSearch.

  • In the search box, type in the 4 letter abbreviation (ex: BMGT 205 for Business Management) to bring up all items for that class.
  • Or, if you know the title of the item, simply type that in the search box and click on the yellow search button.
  • Once you find the item, look for the ORR number (ex: ORR 180). That is the number you'll use when requesting the item at the Borrow Desk.
  • Be sure to have your CatCard with you to ensure a speedy checkout process.


Faculty may place library-owned items on Reserve or may use personal copies of items. Over the summer we will be creating an online form for reserve requests. In the interim, please contact your library reserve specialists to place items on reserve.

  • Contact: Dave Michael - - or phone 406-994-3139. 
  • Contact: Stephanie Breen - - or phone 406-994-3139. 

Course-related Scanning Service

The library will continue to offer faculty a scanning service for course related materials. Faculty may bring items to the library for scanning. Electronic copies will be provided back to faculty for uploading into Brightspace LE by D2L, the campus course management system. Over the summer we will be creating an online form for the scanning service. In the interim, please contact your library reserve specialists to place items on reserve.

Electronic Reserves Service **has been discontinued

We have discontinued our Electronic Reserves (E-Reserves) service. E-Reserves were electronic copies (usually PDF files) of articles or book chapters placed on reserve though a software system called Ares. In its place we are creating an assistance program to help faculty transition to using the campus-wide Brightspace LE by D2L content management system. Faculty opting-in to this service can receive one-on-one assistance from our librarians and staff on best practices for placing your former E-Reserves content into Brightspace. In addition, our librarians can assist with additional content related advice. For example, we have expertise in content placement that can go beyond simple file placement, such as providing direct links into databases and other electronic content provided by the library.

Please let us know if you would like to opt-in to our transitional service by contacting your library reserve specialists:

Dave Michael - & Stephanie Breen -

Adding course readings/library content to Brightspace/D2L

Upload course readings (articles & chapters) to your BrightSpace course shell, and make them more immediately accessible to your students than our previous Ereserves system -- students can find all of their electronic readings right within their courses!

Many instructors choose to post readings into weekly modules so that students can see at a glance what readings they need to do for a given week and assignment. Course readings are most commonly in PDF format, but if you'd like to link to an HTML reading/website, you can create a document with a hotlink to the web address, and then save that document as a PDF. Once students open the document, they can click on the hotlink and get to the web address.

If you have any questions about uploading articles into your course shells, please contact us!