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Course Reserve Textbook Collection


We are able to provide the course reserve textbooks either as ebooks or through our Loaning Digital Course Reserves service. Please note there may be delays in providing access to these textbooks as not all titles eligible through the Loaning Digital Course Reserves service have been scanned. Staff are monitoring the requests Monday-Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday-Sunday 1pm-6pm (EDT). You will receive notifications within 30 minutes of submitting your request to give you more information on the status

Borrowing Digital Textbooks

Readings from our physical course reserves collection are only available to borrow through the Loaning Digital Course Reserves service. Requests for course readings can be made through the library's catalog.  You will have restricted access (no downloading, sharing or printing) to the readings for 2 hours at a time. The service is available on first come, first serve basis as we are not able to grant reservations for specific times. If an item is in use, you will be placed on a wait list. Once it is available, you will receive notification that it is available for you. Each time you would like to access a course reading, you will need to submit a new request.

Submitting Request

  • Select the book's catalog record and login using your AU credentials
  • Next click on the Borrow Digital Textbook link and submit your request

  • If the title is available to borrow, you will receive a link. (NOTE: The start of your 2 hours begins at the time the email is sent not when you click on the link)

Email with link to the book's pdf

  • If it is not available, you will receive notification with more information on the status of your request


Viewing Ebooks

You will be able to access an ebook either through the library's online catalog or the Course Reserves button in your Blackboard or Canvas course page. You have access to this title 24/7 but please note that not all books have unlimited access there are some titles that only allow for 3 concurrent users to view the item.

Library's Online Catalog

Search box on main library webpage

  • Select the catalog record for the book that says "Available Online"

  • Next click on the e-resources link in order to read the full text online


Course Reserves Button

  • Log into Blackboard or Canvas and open the specific course page
  • Click on the Course Reserves button

           Blackboard                                      Canvas


  • Next select "View Item" and you will be able to read the full text online

List of readings found in our course reserves management system