Course Reserves

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Reserves are materials and resources which have been set aside by a professor to be used for a class.

For the health and safety of our staff and patrons, only electronic reserves are available at this time. Visit our COVID-19 Resources and Updates page for additional details.

Electronic Course Reserves

Ares is an online course reserves system for PDFs of journal articles or book chapters, streaming video/audio, and other readings or assignments. To find electronic course reserves in Ares:

  1. Using the button below, login with your WUSTL Key.
  2. Courses you are enrolled in are displayed on the main menu.
  3. Click on the course to see reserve items that your instructor has made available.

If you have registered late or don’t see a course on the main Ares menu, contact Olin Library Reserves staff [(314) 935-5451] for assistance.

Students are responsible for operating within fair use guidelines when using reserve materials. Refer to the STS Copyright Infringement Policy for more information.

Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17. United States Code) governs the reproduction and distribution of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to reproduce materials. One of these conditions is that the reproduction not be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” Any person who copies or re-distributes this material in any way inconsistent with Title 17 and its “fair use” provisions may be liable for copyright infringement.

Ares allows you to manage course materials online. All reserve requests can be submitted through Ares including electronic readings as well as physical materials such as books, DVDs, etc. Olin Library pulls items from our stacks to be put on the Reserve shelf and/or scans needed readings for students to download from Ares. Reserves services at other campus libraries may vary; contact your departmental library for more details. You can also manage your own courses in Ares, upload new reserve items, and import readings from previous courses.

Washington University Libraries provide audio and video streaming services for materials held in the John M. Olin Library and the Gaylord Music Library collections which are needed for course reserve. Contact Olin Library Reserves staff regarding film streaming and Music Library staff regarding audio streaming.

To access your course materials in Ares:

  1. Click on the button below.
  2. Log in with your WUSTL Key
  3. Email Olin Library Reserves staff if you are a new faculty member and don’t have a WUSTL Key yet
  4. Use the step-by-step Ares instructions to manage your courses and reserve items

Instructors are responsible for operating within fair use guidelines when placing material on reserve. Please consult the University copyright website or WU Libraries copyright research guide for more information.

Using Canvas for Electronic Reserves

You can link directly from Canvas to articles in WashU-subscribed databases by using the permalink for a source. For more information on how to do this, or to get assistance from a librarian, please see our guide Integrating the Library into Canvas.

Physical course reserves (i.e., books, print materials, DVDs) have a call number and are listed in the WU Libraries Catalog.

To find physical course reserves in the library catalog:

  1. Using the button below, search by the course number or instructor’s name.
  2. The catalog will indicate which library is holding the materials for your course.
  3. Go to the appropriate library’s checkout desk to request an item on reserve.

Faculty members may request that materials (i.e., books, print materials, DVDs) relating to a course be made available for a limited check-out period. If WU Libraries do not own needed materials, you can place your own copy on reserve or request that the item is purchased for the Libraries collections. John M. Olin Library as well as several other campus libraries offer Reserve services.

To place materials on physical course reserve:

  1. Click on the button below.
  2. Fill out the form as completely as possible.
  3. Select one of the nine campus libraries where you’d like the material to be on reserve.
  4. For reserves at Olin Library, you may also submit physical reserves through Ares.