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Course reserves

Due to the library building closures, physical course reserve collections are not currently available. Course instructors may wish to consider the following.

Find online alternatives for your print course materials:

  • The McGill Library Collection:
    • Check for a digital version in the McGill Library collection: Search the Library catalogue (WorldCat Discovery)
    • Explore alternative reading options among our vast collection of digital resources: Search the Library catalogue (WorldCat Discovery)
    • Explore listings of discipline-specific resources curated by your Liaison Librarian: See Library subject guides
  • Freely available online:


Create stable links to online Library resources:

 

Obtaining materials we do not own:

  • We can try to purchase online versions of materials needed for courses, if we do not yet own them.
    • Contact your Liaison Librarian to investigate the possibility of purchasing online versions of your print course materials.
    • Or directly contact our Collection Services by using the Purchase Request Form.
  • If we cannot purchase them, but we need a print copy to create a scan to include in your course readings, we can also request them on Interlibrary Loans (ILL). This is an option for articles, book chapters, etc. We must pay licensing fees (see next section).


Create a scan of your print course materials:

  • Course pack pilot project: instructors may place a request with the library for materials that would have originally been contained in course packs created by the bookstore. The library will attempt to obtain electronic copies of items not owned, or will attempt to obtain copyright clearance for those materials not available electronically.
  • General guidelines:
    • Instructors may be able to scan portions of a book or an article we do not own online. For details, see the Guide on Adding Readings to MyCourses
    • As required by our agreement with Copibec, scanned material must be reported on Savia
      • Need help reporting your scans? Please contact copyright.library [at] mcgill.ca
      • We can also try to obtain print versions to be scanned for you and send you the links. Contact your Liaison Librarian or use the Purchase Request Form.
  • Scanning print materials using your mobile device (IOS and Android):
    • The OneDrive for Business app will allow you to create a multi-page scan of a print document using the camera of your mobile device. The resulting document is automatically saved as a pdf. 
      • Download and install the One Drive app to your mobile device
      • Sign-in using your McGill username and password
      • For more information, please see Microsoft's instructions for using the app
      • Need help? itsupport [at] mcgill.ca (contact ICS) for technical assistance


Accessibility:

  • Please see the Disability and Accessibility page for information about freely available assistive technologies, as well as information about accessibility features in MS Teams and Zoom.
  • The OSD has a collection of documents with tips on how to implement accessible practices, particularly for making your PDFs accessible to screen readers and ensuring website accessibility.

 

Commercial Textbooks Challenges:

Many for-profit textbook publishers do not sell to libraries, so we are not able to obtain e-book versions from those publishers. For more information we have a webpage on Commerical Textbooks Challenges.

Liaison Librarians

Your Liaison Librarian is available to help with:

  • Searching for/accessing online materials in the McGill Library collection
  • Identifying Open Educational Resources/Open Textbooks in your discipline
  • Investigating the possibility of purchasing online versions of your print course materials
  • Troubleshooting assistance for creating links to online Library resources

Find your Liaison Librarian: Liaison Librarians listed by subject area

 


--Physical Course Reserve Collection unavailable--

 

Select a branch

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

Questions?

For additional assistance, please contact the branch.

Humanities and Social Sciences Library

Course reserve request form »

Deadlines

  • Course reserves lists are processed in order of receipt.
  • When possible, reserve lists should 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 usually required.
  • A maximum of 30 titles per course will be accepted.
  • 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.

Questions?

For additional assistance, For additional assistance, please contact hsslreserves.library [at] mcgill.ca.

Islamic Studies Library

Course reserve request form »

Questions?

For additional assistance, please contact the branch »

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.

Questions?

For additional assistance, please contact the branch »

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 or via email to the music.library [at] mcgill.ca (Music Library). 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 online materials through myCourses or via a hyperlinked course bibliography;
  2. 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 help verify online availability of materials and provide instructions and guidance with myCourses.

For information about copyright as it relates to myCourses readings, please consult the following guides:

Submitting a request for reserve materials

In certain situations, placing a physical item on reserve might still be the best option. When this is the case, please allow sufficient time for processing the material by submitting reserve lists as soon as possible 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 the music.library [at] mcgill.ca (Music Library).

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.

Questions?

For additional assistance, please contact the branch »

Nahum Gelber Law Library

Course reserve request form »

Questions?

For additional assistance, please contact the branch »

Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering

Course reserve request form »

Schulich Library is closed for renovations. All collections are now held in the Humanities and Social Sciences Library. For course reserves, please select Humanities and Social Sciences Library as your branch library.

Questions?

For additional assistance, please contact hsslreserves.library [at] mcgill.ca.

 

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