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**Note: SJSU Library's Course Reserves are currently unavailable. Students should contact their instructors for alternative access to course materials. Faculty, please contact a librarian for assistance finding electronic resources that meet your teaching needs and that can be delivered directly in your Canvas course shell via Leganto.

Course Reserves

Faculty should work with their library liaisons to find electronic alternatives to course reserves

Browse here for physical course reserves. Electronic reserves can be found in Canvas.


Course Reserves Information for Students

Physical course reserves can be picked up from and must also be returned to the SJSU Library course reserves desk on the ground floor.

Electronic reserves are located in Canvas.

To borrow an item from course reserves, you will need your Tower ID. Most items can be checked out for 2 hours, but some can be checked out for 1 day or 3 days. Loan periods are set by the professor. You will receive an e-mail from MLK Library Notice with the exact time your items are due.

Fines for reserve items are:

  • Two-hour and one-day loans: $1.00 per hour to a maximum of $20.00 per item
  • Three-day loans: $5.00 per day to a maximum of $20.00 per item

Reserve fines accrue even when the library is closed. On holidays, however, fines will not accrue. 

Course Reserves material is available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be renewed. If you wish to continue using an item after it is due, you must wait at least 15 minutes before checking it out again in order to give other users access to it.

If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 408-808-2344 or email

Course Reserves Information for Faculty

To submit a course reserves request for physical items owned by the SJSU Library, fill out the online Reserves Request Form.

To submit a course reserves request for physical materials that you own, submit a copy of the Course Reserve List along with the materials in question to the Circulation & Reserves Desk. 

  • Only university-owned or personal items may be placed on physical Course Reserves. Items owned by the San José Public Library cannot be placed on Course Reserves. 
  • Reserve requests will be processed in the order received. Depending on the volume of incoming items, it may take up to a week to process new reserves material.
  • SJSU Course Reserves and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library are not responsible for possible damage or loss of items placed on Course Reserves.

Beginning November 1, 2019, all new Electronic Course Reserves will only be available through Leganto Course Reading List within Canvas. See the Leganto research guide for information on creating reading lists.

The SJSU Library must own physical or electronic versions of the source in order for material to be placed on Electronic Course Reserves. We can scan sections of University Library books (see Copyright and Fair Use, below, for information on how much of a book may be scanned) and provide database permalinks for you. When submitting journal articles or book chapters for electronic reserves, please identify the source material by providing a copy of the title page for each source or by clearly writing the bibliographic information on the front page.

If SJSU does not own a particular book or journal title, we cannot place it on electronic reserves until copyright permission is obtained. If permission is required, our office will look into securing it. All non-copyrighted material such as homework solutions and lecture notes may be placed on electronic reserve without permission.

These are guidelines for using portions of lawfully acquired copyrighted works that can be used according to Fair Use as indicated by the U.S. Copyright Office and the Conference on Fair Use.

For more information, see the Copyright and Fair Use research guide. 

Copyright and Fair Use