Course Reserves

icon of an exclamation markDue to the library renovation and expansion during Summer 2024, Course Reserve service will be limited to pre-arranged, specific situations. Contact to discuss your Course Reserve needs for the summer. 

You can find course reserves like books and DVDs in the library at the Library Help Desk. Search the Course Reserves List to find the call number of books and DVDs on reserve. 

For Faculty & Instructors

Randall Library’s e-reserve service was discontinued at the end of the 2018 Spring Semester. Library mediated electronic reserve use has dramatically decreased over the last few years as faculty have moved to manage their own course content online. Faculty who would like to provide electronic access to course materials may use the University’s Canvas course management system to do so. The library discontinued the practice of posting reserve reading lists in individual course sites in Canvas.

  • Randall Library will continue to assist with the scanning of personal course related materials. To place a request, email
  • To receive help with linking to library resources within Canvas, contact your liaison librarian.
  • To receive assistance with posting other types of materials within Canvas, contact the Office of E-Learning at or (910) 962-2953.
  • To request scans from books and journals in the Randall Library collection for personal, academic use, please submit an request through the online Interlibrary Loan system: ILLiad.
  • To receive help selecting course resources contact your liaison librarian.
  • Information on copyright compliance may be found on the Office of General Counsel website.
  • Contact Course Reserves staff at or 962-7854.

FAQs for Course Reserves

How do I place an item on course reserve?

  • Fill out the Place Items on Reserve form.
  • If you are putting a personal copy on reserve, bring the item(s) to the Library Help Desk.
  • If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Library Help Desk at 910-962-3272 or

Does the library have a copy of my textbook?

Randall Library generally does not purchase textbooks for UNCW classes, but the library does have some textbooks. In order to determine if your textbook is available in the Library, follow the steps on the Find Textbooks page.

How do I find material that my professor says is on course reserve?

Books, DVDs and other media on reserve can be located by searching the Course Reserves List.

Course Reserves are shelved at the Library Help Desk. Loan periods for these materials vary. 

How do I use Course Reserves?

Course Reserves are items held at the Library Help Desk at the request of faculty and instructors for use by students enrolled in their classes.

  • Books, DVDs and other media on reserve can be located by searching the Course Reserves List by instructor name or course number.
  • Or, locate the title of the item that you need in the Library Catalog, note the call number and request the item by call number at the Library Help Desk.