Course Reserves FAQs

Beginning Spring 2021, UO Libraries will offer limited physical course reserve services. Loan periods will be standardized across all locations, with items due at closing the same day they are loaned.

Instructors may also submit requests to have resources digitized that are required for remote teaching and provide material to students via Canvas or some other means to support remote teaching. Please note, we are only able to digitize print material (UO- and instructor-owned) at this time. UO Libraries and campus are investigating solutions for digitizing media that is required for remote teaching and cannot be acquired any other way.

Instructors only: Requesting Scans to Support Remote Teaching and Learning.

What are reserves?

Reserves are materials required for coursework that are placed in specially designated areas within the library and given shortened loan periods. Course reserves include library- and instructor-owned books, videos, audio recordings, and other relevant materials in support of classroom instruction.

Where are the reserve collections?

  • Design Library
  • Checkout & Reserves Desk, Knight Library
  • Law Library
  • Math Library
  • Portland Library and Learning Commons
  • Science Library

How can I tell what is on reserve for a certain course?

Select the Course Reserves tab at the top of any library webpage and then search by either instructor's name or by course to find titles and call numbers of materials on reserve for your class.

I need to watch a reserve videotape and don't have a VCR, where can I watch it? 

There are four viewing stations in the Microforms area, near the Technology Help Desk on the first floor of Knight Library, three of which can play VHS tapes.

What are the charges for overdue reserve items?

Minimum $75 replacement charge plus $20 service charge.

I'm teaching a class. How do I put materials on reserve?

See our page of course reserve information for faculty.


Design Library Reserves: Karen Chaix, 541-346-2203

Knight Library Reserves: Carina Kelson, 541-346-8273

Science/Math Libraries Reserves: Lara Nesselroad 541-346-2664

Portland Library and Learning Commons Reserves: 503-412-3671