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Reuse Materials from Previous Semesters

Reusing a reserves list from a previous semester is quick and easy. Best of all, your eReserves are available immediately! 
When adding items to your list, click on "Class Tools" and select "Clone Class." Follow the prompts to select and copy your reserve items forward from previous lists.

Import a list from a previous semester in Canvas


Student Textbook Request

Starting Fall 2019: The library will be accepting requests from students to have their textbooks or other physical course materials placed on reserve at the Bass Library. More information can be found here:

Getting Started with Course Reserves - Quick Steps

Get Started with Course Reserves

What is Course Reserves?

Yale University Library can provide access to course readings by utilizing the Course Reserves service through Canvas. Items can be placed on Physical Reserve within the library (books, DVDs, etc.), or scans of library materials can be placed online for ease of access (eReserve). If the library does not already have the materials needed for a course reserve request, we can try to purchase them for the library’s collection or faculty can bring in their own copy to place on Reserve. Students can access Reserves materials any time the library is open or 24/7 via eReserve.


  1. Log into Canvas and select "Course Reserves" from the navigation pane on the left side of the webpage.
  2. Select your semester from the drop down menu in the center of the page. Then select "Create Course."
  3. On the following page, fill in the following information:
    1. Instructor
    2. Department
    3. Class Name
    4. Course Number
    5. Section Number (optional)
    6. Class Semester
    7. Pickup Location
    8. Class Description (optional)
  4. Click "Create Class"
  5. On the following page, you will see a list of all of your upcoming courses. Select the "Course Home" link for the course you want to add items to.
  6. Under the “Class Tools” dropdown, click "Add reserves items now" to request materials for course reserves.
    1. There are three options: Article or Book Chapter (eReserve), Book (Physical Reserve), Audio Visual Item (Film/DVD/CD etc.)
  7. More detailed instructions are available in this guide: Using Canvas for Reserves.
  8. If you have any questions please contact SML/Bass Reserves or your local reserves unit


  • The "Course Reserves" link in Canvas is the gateway to all materials on reserve.
  • Books and print materials on reserve at all libraries are held at the circulation desk. Some reserve materials at Bass are kept in the general collection.
  • More detailed instructions are available in this guide: Information for Students.

Contact Reserves Staff

For specific Yale course reserves:

Arts Library
Phone: 203-432-2643

Bass Library
Phone: 203-432-1872

Marx Library
Phone: 203-432-3439

Divinity Library
Phone: 203-432-5288

Film Study Center
Phone: 203-432-0149

Medical Library

Music Library 
Phone: 203-432-5549

Get Help

Help is available Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Warning of Copyright Restrictions


The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of the copyright materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, library and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than in private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. The Yale University Library reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order, if, in its judgement fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

1 37 C.F.R. §201.14