Course Reserves

Requesting Course Materials for Fall 2020

We are currently accepting submissions of course reserve materials for the Fall 2020 semester. To place material on reserve, please complete the Course Reserve Request form.

Requesting materials for the fall 2020 semester

  • Course materials needed for the first week of fall semester classes should be submitted as soon as possible.

Alternatives to print textbooks and other print materials for fall 2020

As long as the Library is open to the Durham College and Ontario Tech community, we will continue to place print copies of textbooks and other print resources on reserve, available for one or three day loan. The Library will quarantine all returned materials for 72 hours, which will limit the availability of print reserve materials. Additionally, with many courses offered in online formats, most students will not be physically on campus and borrowing print materials from the reserve collection may not be possible. The Library will make every effort to purchase e-book versions of textbooks for the reserve collection, however this is often not an option due to cost and publisher restrictions on e-book sales to libraries.

If the library is unable to purchase an e-book version of a requested course reserve title, please notify us if you wish us to pursue one or more of the following alternatives:

  • Scanning individual chapters (subject to copyright guidelines) and posting them for online access.
  • Having the library purchase an available e-book (that is not a commercial textbook) in your subject area.
  • Adopting an open educational resource (OER). OERs are freely available educational materials that are openly licensed to allow for re-use and modification. Using OERs ensures that students have free and unrestricted access to their course textbook on the first day of class.

Questions? Please see additional information for faculty and students below.

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Information for Faculty
How to place an item on Reserve

You can place physical items (books, articles, DVDs/CDs) on reserve at any Durham College library for a 1 day or 3 day loan period. You may place existing library materials on reserve, as well as your own personal materials. You can also place electronic items from the Durham College Library catalogue on reserve.

Please fill in a  reserve request form online or ask for a print form available at the Service Desk of any Durham College library. Please allow one week for the processing of reserve requests.

If you would like to order an item for reserve which is not a personal copy or is not in the library collection, please refer your requests to our Subject Librarians.

Only current Durham College students, faculty, and staff can access reserve material.


The Library’s Reserve system complies with copyright law. Consult the Reserves Coordinator concerning restrictions on both hard copy and electronic reserve items.

For more information regarding copyright issues, see the Copyright Guidelines on the library's website.

Contact Information
Information for Students
How to find an item on Reserve

To ensure more equitable access to high-demand items, instructors may place items "on reserve" in any Durham College library. “On reserve” items are physical or electronic items put aside for short term loans. Items will be designated as 1 day loans, or 3 day loans by an instructor.

Only current Durham College students, faculty, and staff can access Reserve material.

Reserves can be found in the catalogue. Click on the Search icon and choose Course Reserves from the search bar menu drop down.  Enter your instructor's name, the course code or the course name and then click on the search icon.  A list of search results will appear. If necessary, you can refine your results by using the left side bar to narrow the search results to a specific instructor or course. Verify that the item is available to be checked out and note the call number. Use your valid student card to borrow the physical reserve at the Service Desk.

Reserve Fines


  • Overdue hourly loans (including CDs): $4 per hour or any part thereof to a maximum of $100 per item.
  • Overdue daily reserve loans (including CDs): $10 per day or any part thereof to a maximum of $100 per item.


  • Other fines/charges could include replacement costs for lost items as well as processing fees.
  • Suspension of borrowing privileges will occur when a borrower’s fines total $20 or more.
  • Marks could be withheld for non-payment of library fines or for unreturned library material.