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The Penn Libraries’ Course Reserves Service provides access to reserve materials in print and electronically. Reserve lists typically include required and recommended course readings.

Electronic reserve materials are available exclusively through Canvas. Instructors can submit electronic reserves requests for journal articles, book excerpts, and other materials.

Add Course Reserves to Canvas

To add course reserves to a new course site request, please select the Course Reserves option when submitting the Course Request Form.

To add course reserves to an existing site, please submit a request to or use the following instructions:

  1. Click Settings in the course navigation menu.
  2. Select the Navigation tab near the top of the page.
  3. Locate the Course Materials @ Penn Libraries link, and drag it into the “Drag and drop items to reorder them in the course navigation” list. Alternatively, you can click the three vertical dots on the right of the link and select Enable.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save. This will add the link to the course menu.

Submit Course Reserves Requests

Once you have added the course reserves tool to your Canvas course site, you can place reserves requests by following the Reserve Request Procedures based on your school.

Getting Help

Please contact for assistance with enabling the course reserves tool in Canvas.

If you have any questions about reserve items, please contact the reserves department at your library.

Last Updated: 20 May 2022