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Course reserves

Physical course reserves will not be available in 2020/2021 academic year.

What are course reserves?

Instructors can make course readings available online through Quercus, the University's online learning management system, or as physical items that can be borrowed from the Course Reserve/Short Term Loan section at a U of T library.

Where are course reserves located?

Check your syllabus or contact your instructor for information about where your assigned course readings are located. Physical course reserves at Robarts Library are located on the 3rd floor at the Media Commons circulation desk. For course reserves at other UTL libraries, check the individual library's website.

For online course reserves

  • Your instructor can place your assigned course materials online through the Library Course Reserves module or within your Quercus course page
  • These materials can include articles, books, web links, and media resources
  • If your instructor is using the Library Course Reserves module: 
    • Look for the 'Library Course Reserves' app in your Quercus course navigation OR
    • Visit  and login with your UTORID
    • The courses in which you are enrolled will be listed
    • Select the class you are interested in to launch your course reading list

Having trouble finding or accessing your online course readings in Quercus? See this help page.

For physical course reserves at a library
[Not available in the 2020/2021 academic year]

  • Your instructor can set aside (i.e., 'reserve') physical items such as books and other course readings and have them placed in the Course Reserves/Short Term Loan sections of libraries at U of T.

How do I look up physical course reserves?

  • Search your instructor’s name OR the course code OR the course name using the Course Reserves Look Up Tool
  • This tool shows you which library has the course reserve item, tells you the loan period, and gives you the due time/due date
  • Be sure to return course reserves item on time because overdue fines for course reserves are high -- 50 cents per hour per item!

Need help locating physical course reserve items? See this help page.