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Course reserves

Reserve materials have short term loan periods, assigned in the branch library.

  • The loan period for monographs is 3 hours, 24 hours or 48 hours, depending on the branch library and the recommendation of the instructor.
  • All photocopied material is on 3-hour loan.
  • Audio / Video material is for 4-hour loan.

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Education Curriculum Resource Centre

Course reserve request form »

Deadlines

  • Fall term: August 15
  • Winter term: December 1
  • Spring term: April 30
  • Summer term: May 15

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For additional assistance, please contact the branch.

Humanities and Social Sciences Library

Course reserve request form »

Deadlines

  • Fall term: second week of August
  • Winter term: second week of November
  • May & June term: last week of April
  • July term: second week of May
  • A maximum of 30 titles per course will be accepted.
  • Lists are processed in the order of receipt.
  • The Library is happy to work with faculty who wish to create direct links to online documents (e-books, e-journals or online articles) and place electronic copies of readings within myCourses. Please contact your liaison librarian for assistance.

Copyright and reserve photocopying

Faculty are responsible for informing themselves of and complying with all copyright requirements as described on the COPIBEC web site and the Canadian Copyright Act, before submitting photocopies to be placed on Reserve. Copies must be supplied by the professor. The Library does not assume photocopying costs.

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Islamic Studies Library

Course reserve request form »

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Life Sciences Library

Course reserve request form »

Deadlines

  • Fall term: second week of August
  • Winter term: second week of November
  • May & June term: last week of April
  • July term: second week of May
  • A maximum of 30 titles per course will be accepted. Due to space limitations, we can accept only REQUIRED readings.
  • Lists are processed in the order of receipt.
  • The Library is happy to work with faculty who wish to create direct links to online documents (e-books, e-journals or online articles) and place electronic copies of readings within myCourses. Please contact your liaison librarian for assistance.

Removing items from reserve

  • Books and articles are normally removed from course reserve at the end of the applicable term.
  • If these items are to be used again the following term or year, requests must be resubmitted.

Copyright and reserve photocopying

  • Faculty are responsible for informing themselves of and complying with all copyright requirements as described on the COPIBEC web site and the Canadian Copyright Act before submitting photocopies to be placed on Reserve.
  • Copies must be supplied by the professor, following the McGill University Library's Uniform Reserve Policy for Photocopied Materials forms.
  • The Library does not assume photocopying costs.

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Macdonald Campus Library

Course reserve request form »

Reserve lists must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to the beginning of term for materials to be available for the first week of class.

Materials not available in the Library collection will be ordered priority for reserve. At least 6 weeks notice is required.

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Marvin Duchow Music Library

Course reserve request form »

Placing music materials on reserve

Faculty and instructors requiring materials on reserve should submit their syllabi or lists of items using the course reserve request form. For more details, please see below: Submitting a request for reserve materials.

In order to provide “24/7” access to course and seminar materials, the Music Library staff recommends faculty and instructors utilize one of the following options:

  1. Provide students with direct links to licensed McGill online materials (journal articles, eBooks, scores, A/V materials) through the Library catalogue’s Course Reserves page;
  2. Provide students with direct links to online materials through myCourses or via a hyperlinked course bibliography;
  3. Provide course packs for students to purchase. Course packs are particularly appropriate for facilitating access to chapters in books and journal articles available only in print.

Library staff will be pleased to assist in verifying online availability of materials, arranging for assistance with myCourses, or creating hyperlinks.

Submitting a request for reserve materials

Faculty and instructors should submit their syllabi or lists of required items by e-mail to cynthia [dot] leive [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Cynthia Leive) . Music Library staff will retrieve all requested materials and place them on reserve.

To allow sufficient time for processing reserve material, Music Library staff recommends submitting reserve lists before term begins and not later than the end of the first month of each term. Of course, it is still possible to add a small number of items throughout the term to respond to intellectual interest and pedagogical need.

For all requests, please specify:

  1. Instructor's name
  2. Course name and number
  3. The following information for each item:

    • Author/composer name
    • Work title
    • Edition (printed items)
    • Call number or indication of online availability

Materials from other McGill libraries

Materials from other McGill libraries can be placed on reserve at the Music Library. Please include these items in your reserve lists.

Materials not in the McGill Library collection

The Music Library will make every effort to obtain all materials needed for courses and seminars. Please send purchase recommendations to cynthia [dot] leive [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Cynthia Leive) .

Faculty and instructors can also place their own materials on reserve. Unless otherwise indicated, personal items will not leave the Library.

For more information about reserves, please contact a full-time Music Library staff member.

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Nahum Gelber Law Library

Course reserve request form »

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Schulich Library of Science and Engineering

Course reserve request form »

Deadlines

  • Fall term: July 30
  • Winter term: October 15
  • Summer term: April 1

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