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Using the new electronic reserves system.
Last Updated: Sep 12, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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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 business hours or email


Logging In and Out

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

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

E-Reserves System (opens in a new tab)


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 3, 7, & 11).

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 for troubleshooting.


Importing Courses

You may need to import the course information for courses/sections from the campus enrollment system. (Please only import courses for which you will submit e-reserves.)


On your Main Menu page, you will see two tables: "Current & Upcoming Courses" and "Import Courses."  Check both tables for the course and semester you wish to place materials on reserve for. 

When uncertain which section is which in the reserve system, please compare the CRNs with the information found on the my.illinois website.

  • If the course is crosslisted, all departments need to be imported.
  • If there is a lecture associated with multiple discussion sections, only the lecture needs to be imported. (Importing the discussion sections as well as the lecture may confuse our processors and/or your students.)
  • If there are multiple sections with independent enrollment, all those sections need to be imported.

If you don't see the courses you expect to see, it's possible that they have not yet been entered into the campus enrollment system.  Please check my.illinois.


table of courses available to import

Once you've determined which courses in the "Import Courses" table need to be imported for your reserves, simply click the words "Add Course" in the first column of each line that you need to import. As you do, that course will move up to the "Current & Upcoming Courses" table.


Note: All materials must be listed on all courses with independent enrollment to provide access to all students.

After importing the appropriate courses, please continue with the instructions in the box below..


How to Add New Reserve Items to Your Course

1. Begin by clicking an individual line in "Current & Upcoming Courses":

table of courses


2. When you are viewing a specific course, you will see a new section appear in the left menu:

Instructor Course Tools Menu


Click "Add Reserve Items".


3. Now you can see multiple types of materials you can place on reserve:

Types of materials to place on reserves

Once you click the appropriate icon, the corresponding Reserve Item webform will open (see below).


Reserve Item Webforms

If you click the Journal Article icon, you'll see the following webform:

Journal Article reserve submission webform

You must fill out all fields with a red asterisk, but we would appreciate you filling out any additional fields for which you have the information.

Please pay close attention to the following sections of the form:

Menu: How will this item be supplied?

Please choose the appropriate option as follows:

  • The item should link to a website: You must provide a URL in the box below.  For articles from electronic journals available from our Library, please look for something labled "copy link location" or "persistent url," as many of our e-journals include a session code in the url at the top of the browswer.  If you don't know the url, please just enter "journal" and we will find it.
  • I will upload a file: You can upload a file, usually a PDF.  (We prefer black-and-white scans at 300x300 dpi.) Filenames should not contain spaces or punctuation except the dot separating the file extension (e.g. ".pdf").
  • I will bring the material to the library: Please drop off the material (photocopies or source books) at the Undergraduate Library or Central Circulation service desks or send it in campus mail.

Awaiting Supply By Instructor

If you did not provide either a url or file for an item, you will see the following on your main display when you log in:

Awaiting Supply by Instructor Display

You can either edit the recard (which reopens the webform) or drop off material at the Undergraduate Library or Central Circulation service desks.

Please note:  Items displaying "Awaiting Supply By Instructor" won't be processed until we receive a hardcopy or you update the record.


Receiving Email Notifications

While you can always see the status all of your items by logging into the e-reserve system, some instructors may wish to receive email notifications when items complete processing. That is, you will receive an email when an item changes status to "Item Available on Electronic Reserves." The subject line of the emails will read: [DEPT-123] New item available on e-reserves


On the course page, find the box below and click "Subscribe Now" to receive email notifications. 

Subscribing to email notifications


If you decide you no longer want notifications, come back to this screen to unsubscribe.


Warning: Subscribing means that you will receive a separate email for each item that becomes available.  If you have many items on your list, or you have multiple courses, this may result in a large volume of emails.


We believe there is supposed to be a way to subscribe to all your courses, rather than needing to subscribe in each course each semester.  This page will be updated when we figure this out.


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