Electronic Course Reserves Process for Faculty

During existing campus COVID-related restrictions and remote education, Course Reserves are currently provided 100% digitally.

Titles that are submitted on a Course Reserves reading list are automatically reviewed for library e-book holdings. If an e-book is available, it will be linked to the reading list for students to access directly from Canvas. If off-campus, users will first need to authenticate themselves via the library VPN to access this material.

If an e-book is unavailable or cannot be purchased, the library will automatically digitize content from the physical material. A PDF, accessible only by the instructors and students enrolled in the active course, will be added to the Course Reserves reading list. Users may only access this file by logging into Canvas and navigating to the course’s reading list. Instructors do not need to request digitization services, as this is the current standard practice.

Please note that the library cannot digitize multiple editions of the same title; only the most current edition added to your Course Reserves reading list will be digitized.

While a title is on active Course Reserves, the physical copies will be held in a closed collection and are not accessible.

The library does not manage the campus’ Equitable Access (EA) program, which provides low-cost access to most required textbooks to students. The EA program is managed by the Bookstore, with whom the library works closely.

If you have questions about the EA program, please contact Kelly Holt (kgholt@ucdavis.edu) at the Bookstore for more information about it or VitalSource, their vendor for single-user electronic books.