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Electronic Reserves Guide   Tags: reserves  

Electronic Reserves, or e-reserves, includes all reserve materials that are accessed online, regardless of format. This guide provides information on using the system for student and for instructors, including how to place materials on e-reserves
Last Updated: Jul 27, 2015 URL: http://uiuc.libguides.com/reserves Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Logging In and Out

E-Reserves System

To access the electronic reserves system, click the link above and log in with your NetID and your NetID Password.

You MUST close all browser windows before you will be fully logged out.


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If you have any issues with the e-reserves service that are not resolved by this guide, please call us at 244-3773 during normal business hours.


Seeing Courses

When you first log into the e-reserves system, you will not see your courses.

Course information is updated every four hours (at 2, 6, & 10).

Upcoming courses that have e-reserves become visible to enrolled students one week before the course starts.

If you add a course to your schedule, the e-reserves will not be visible until the following day.

If you are not seeing current courses that you know have e-reserves, and today was not the first time you logged into this system, please call us at 244-3773 during normal business hours.


Accessing Your E-Reserves

Starting a few hours after your initial log in, you will see a list of your current courses when you log in:

Student View - Main Menu


Click anywhere in a line to view a list of the reserves for that course:

Student View - List of Courses


Click on individual items to view the information about that item:

Reserve Item display

Click on "View this item" to access the content.


Working with a List: Sorting, Tags, and Hot List

In the Reserve Items list, you can re-sort by any column by selecting from the "Sort By" drop-down menu or by clicking on the column heading.  For example, if you are working from an alphabetical bibliography, you would select "Author."  If you would like to sort by the titles of individual document, instead of the main title, select "Article Title" from the "Sort By" drop-down menu.

 Sort By and Tags locations

 Also, if you or your instructor have added tags to individual items, you can click on a tag at any point to see all items with that tag. Instructors may use tags to organize the content by topic (e.g.: Brazil) and/or time (week3).


At the bottom of the Reserve Items list you will see a pair of buttons that allow you to add or remove items from your Hot List:

Hot List buttons

Your Hot List includes all items you have added to your Hot List--no matter what course.


SIPX Links

What is SIPX?

Sometimes, you will click on an item in your e-reserves list and it will take you to the SIPX website and ask you to log in. Don't worry, this is a legitimate resource to log into. The Library uses SIPX for e-reserves that we need to pay permissions for.

Items through SIPX will have a line referencing this information, which is highlighed in the image below:

SIPX Item with highlighting


All fees associated with the service are paid for by the University Library, and any data collected is only reported in the aggregate, no specific student information is shared without specific consent.


Creating your SIPX account

You will have to create a very simple account (consisting of only a login, name, and university email account) validating that you are a U of I student, faculty, or employee. You will receive a single email from the system to verify the email account. 


  1. Click on: https://service.sipx.com/ (opens in a new tab).
  2. Click the "Sign up" link.
  3. Enter:
    • Your name
    • Email address (MUST be netid@illinois.edu)
    • Password (should be different from your campus password)
  4. Click the "Sign up" button.
  5. When you get the confirmation email, just click the link in the email. You're all done!

If you create a SIPX account using any email address other than your netid@illinois.edu account, you will not be able to access the readings.


Troubleshooting problems setting up an account

  • The confirmation email is only valid for 24 hours. If more than 24 hours have passed, please start the process above again.
  • If you get a "404 - File or directory not found" error when you click the link in the confirmation email, try copying it from the email and pasting it into your browser.


Accessing e-reserves via SIPX after you've created your account

  1. Log into your e-reserves as usual and pick a reading.
  2. Some readings will display the following message: "Link is via SIPX. Info at: http://uiuc.libguides.com/reserves/sipx"
  3. When you click on "View this item", it will take you to a SIPX page with information about the reading.
  4. If it shows a big red bar, click on the "Sign in" link just below the red bar and log in (using your email and the password you chose).
  5. You should now be seing a big green bar...click that to get the reading.
  6. If you click on a SIPX link again while the SIPX session is open, you'll go straight to the screen with the big green bar.


If you still can't access your e-reserves, please call us at 244-3773 during business hours.


Instructors are encouraged to provide students with the following link to this information:


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