Requesting Course Materials

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

  • Course materials needed for the first week of classes should be submitted as soon as possible.
Alternatives to print textbooks and other print materials

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.  If an ebook is preferred, the Library will make every effort to purchase ebook versions of textbooks for the reserve collection, however, this is often not an option due to the cost and publisher restrictions on ebook sales to libraries.

If the Library is unable to purchase an ebook 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 ebook (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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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 the  reserve request form. 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.

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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.

Course Reserves in the Library

If your instructor placed books or other materials on reserve in the Library, you can search for them using Omni Search on the Library’s homepage. 

Search for Course Reserves in Omni

In the Omni search box, select Course Reserves from the drop down menu, and search by course code, course name or instructor.  All this information is available on the course syllabus or outline, or in your MyCampus course schedule. You can filter results by course name or instructor.

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