Course Readings & Course Reserves

In Winter 2021, the Bookstore's coursepack service was replaced with McGill Library's new Course Readings Service. The change to the coursepack process emerged in response to student concerns about the high cost of course material affecting access to higher education. This has allowed us to provide students with access to course material through the Library’s collection or by licensing works for use by your class at no additional cost to the student. Please review the instructions for an appropriate Library branch below and fill in the Instructor Requests: Course Readings form.

Course Readings and Reserves

Producing print coursepacks is not part of the new Course Readings Service.

Course readings can be made available for your students in several ways:

  • Electronic resources that are part of the Library’s collection can be made available through the Course Reserves system.
    • Alternatively, you can also link to Library materials directly on myCourses (using the “Create New > WebLink” feature).
  • If we do not yet own the materials needed for your courses, contact your Liaison Librarian to investigate the possibility of purchasing them, or directly contact our Collection Services by using the Purchase Request Form.
  • Electronic readings that we are not able to add to the Library’s collection will be licensed (if appropriate) for use in the requested course and provided to instructors as PDFs to post in MyCourses.
  • When there are no electronic options, print materials can be made available on 1-day loan in the library branches and will be listed in the Course Reserves system.

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 Commercial Textbooks Challenges.

 

Select a branch

Education Curriculum Resource Centre

Course readings and reserves 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

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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 readings and course reserves request form »

Questions?

For additional assistance, please contact the branch »

Macdonald Campus Library

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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 readings and course reserves request form »

Making course materials available to students: 

  • Submit requests through the Instructor Requests: Course Readings form.
    • Music Library staff will review requests to determine if we hold or can acquire electronic versions.
    • Electronic resources on your request form will be made available through a Course Reserves listing in the Sofia Discovery tool: see example.
      • You can also make electronic resources available to students through links on myCourses or links in your syllabus.
    • When there are no electronic options, available physical materials will be made accessible at the Music Library’s Service Desk (3rd floor), via short-term reserve loans, and will be included in a Course Reserves listing.
  • Scanning and uploading print materials to myCourses:
    • Instructions: Add readings to myCourses
      • Included on this page: If you wish to upload to myCourses amounts that exceed what is usually allowed through the Library’s COPIBEC agreement, just report the readings on Savia and the Library will try to license the additional portions for you to post on myCourses.
    • For scanning, either use the Library's scan request service or create your own scans. More details are available in the "Alternative: Creating a Scan of Your Print Course Materials" section at the bottom of this page.

Assistance with new acquisitions: Music Library staff will continue fulfilling purchase requests for course materials not available in McGill’s collection. We encourage you to music.library [at] mcgill.ca (contact us) as soon as possible so we can work to acquire the items.

Questions?

For additional assistance, please contact the branch »

Nahum Gelber Law Library

Course readings and course reserves request form »

Questions?

For additional assistance, please contact the branch »

Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering

Course readings and course reserves 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.

 


Alternative: Creating a Scan of Your Print Course Materials Yourself

  • 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

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