Students: Accessing course reserves

Course reserve materials are available online only. You should be able to access them through the Canvas site for your course, or by searching Chinook using the button below.

Find Current Course Reserves

Educators: Placing materials on course reserve

Course reserves materials are currently limited to online materials only. We will not be circulating physical reserve materials at this time, and expect this practice to continue through the Summer and Fall 2021 semesters. 

We can help you locate digital versions of materials, and may be able to digitize physical materials held in the Libraries collections or provided by instructors. We will email the Chinook course listing, which includes links to the physical and e-materials on reserve, to place on your Canvas page.

Please submit your requests as soon as possible, as it can take several weeks for items to be purchased or scanned. Thank you for understanding that reduced staffing may increase turnaround times, or limit our ability to fulfill all aspects of your requests; we may contact you to discuss options.

Please contact us at with questions, or to retrieve personal items placed on reserve in previous semesters.

Information by material type

Books, eBooks & Book Chapters

We will prioritize obtaining online versions of the material you request. For example, if you require most or all pages in a book for your course, we may be able to obtain access to an e-book. All purchases require the approval of the subject specialist librarian. If online versions are not available, we will scan a limited number of chapters from the print.

We will deliver scanned articles and book chapters to you via the Libraries’ interlibrary loan system, ILLiad. You will then be able to download the PDF files from ILLiad and upload them to Canvas. Please note: for the purposes of course reserves, educators will have limited access to items not owned by the CU Boulder Libraries through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Individual book chapter scans can be provided by other libraries but are subject to copyright limitations. 

Please complete our request form, below, with as much information as you can in order to help us fulfill your request. When prompted to login to Microsoft Office 365, please do so using your identikey username address (the first.last @ address will not allow you to log in).

Reserves Request Form


You may be able to provide your students with streamed recordings available through the libraries. Search across audio content (recommended), or search a specific database: 

If these databases do not include streaming access to a recording you need, our Media Conversion Services unit may be able to create a streaming version from a physical format that is either held in the Libraries or provided by you. 


You may be able to provide your students with streaming video currently held by the Libraries. To check for a specific film title, search across video content via OneSearch (recommended). You may also choose to search Kaltura via Canvas (you may need to first enable the Kaltura Media Gallery feature within Canvas and follow these search instructions for the Kaltura Media Gallery).

Additionally, see our Guide to Finding Film and Video.

If you are unable to locate the streaming video needed, our Media Conversion Services unit may be able to create a digital version from a physical format held in the Libraries (search the Chinook catalog) or provided by you.