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Library E-Reserve Faculty Guide: Home

Step-by-step instructions for how to set-up and add online readings for your course.

Welcome to E-Reserve!

E-reserves are course readings that are available in a digital format.

TMU's E-reserve service is a teaching aide that allows instructors to make their course readings available online using D2L, collecting journal article, web links, and reading excerpts in one convenient place.

Online course readings give students easy-to-use 24-hour, 7-day-a-week access to materials through D2L, both on-and-off-campus. Instructors can even check to see how often readings were used, and when. A sample image of a course's electronic reserves list.

The E-reserve service will create links to readings on the D2L website and scan any physical items to make digital copies.  If you want to reuse the same readings as a previous course, you can “clone” them from a past course.

The library will also check copyright permissions for you, using library licences, Fair Dealing, and permissions from copyright owners, to make sure your readings are okay to share with students without any copyright issues.

Readings available using E-reserves will also be made compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) to ensure they meet current accessibility standards.


Check out this guide to see how you can email your course readings, with full citations, to the library and have them make everything available online through D2L.

Make sure to Set Up Your Course first!


Use this guide to see how you can submit readings yourself or re-use previously submitted readings. Have your citation information and links ready to make readings available through D2L.

Make sure to Set Up Your Course first!

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This guide has been created by the Toronto Metropolitan University Library and Archives and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution International 4.0 License unless otherwise marked.

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