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New Course Reserves System

The Salisbury University Libraries are moving to a new system for Course Reserves starting in the Fall 2017 semester. This page outlines the changes faculty can expect as we work to move to our new system. If you have any questions or concerns about the move, please don’t hesitate to contact our Course Reserves Assistant, Cassy Lewis, at, or our Head of Circulation, Amy Jones, at

Highlights of the New System

  • New Course Reserves interface and request form
  • Faculty can now upload your electronic reserves directly to Canvas after approval. Keep all your course materials in one place!
  • Physical reserves are not changing. They will still be held at the Library Service Desk.

The Details

The first thing faculty will notice is that the interface for SU's Course Reserves system looks dramatically different. However, much of the functionality remains the same for your students. They will still be able to look up items on reserve by your last name, the course name, or by title in our new, more intuitive, reserves catalog.

Physical Reserves

Physical reserves will be handled in much the same way as before. You will complete an online form to request that an item be put on physical reserve.  We will automatically migrate any records of previous Permanent Reserves into the new system.  These permanent physical reserves are still on our reserves shelves, and will remain active until you initiate removal.

E-reserves and Copyright

The primary functional difference for faculty is the handling of electronic reserves. In most cases, you will now be able to upload your electronic reserves directly to your Canvas course. Students will be able to find items in a location that is more logical for them: alongside the rest of the course materials in MyClasses.  

Using articles, chapters, etc. in Canvas can incur copyright fees, so the library needs to be notified when you intend to use an item in this way. The library will handle contacting the necessary organizations to determine the required copyright fees, and we will pay any fees associated with your items as we have in the past. With the new system, we simply will no longer host the items themselves; instead, you will upload them directly to your course in Canvas. Please note that instructors have always been responsible for making sure all items uploaded to Canvas comply with copyright law. The easiest way to do this is to tell us all articles and book chapters you intend to upload.  We hope this integration of Course Reserves into Canvas can make the process even easier for everyone.

Stay tuned for more information about the new system, coming soon!

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