Course Reserves

Course reserves are materials that instructors make available physically or electronically for a specific course.

Find Your Course Reserves:

Reserves Policies

  • Most materials cannot be taken out of the library.
  • Loan periods depend on the material. The loan periods are 3 hours, 3 days, and 7 days.
  • Valid school identification is required.
  • St. Thomas username & password is required to access electronic reserves.

Reserve Procedures for Faculty

To make a reserve request, you must submit a form. Access the request forms for each library and find more details at the Reserve Procedures for Faculty page.

FAQ on Reserves

When you click the link for a particular reading in your search results, a login box will appear; use your regular St. Thomas username and password (same as for email or Blackboard).   If unable to get in, first verify that your username/password are correct, then try entering UST\  before your username.

If you cannot login, please call the ITS Tech Desk at (651) 962-6230.

E-reserve items are typically Adobe Acrobat PDF files. Most computers have Acrobat pre-installed. If not, you can get a free copy from Adobe. To print the item, use the print icon button on the Acrobat toolbar, not your web browser's print button.

A few documents may be in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or other formats.  In these cases, you will need to save the file to your computer and run the file in the appropriate program. Microsoft provides free viewers if you don't happen to have one of these programs.

The download time of an article depends on the file size, your Internet connection speed, and your computer. If you are using a modem and phone line, it will take more time than if you are using a cable modem or DSL connection.  You may want to consider printing these and other course materials on campus.

In rare cases, library patrons accessing the Internet behind their company's firewall may not be able to access e-reserve items, due to that company's network security policy. DSL and cable modem users may experience the same problem in rare cases.  Contact your network administrator for help.

Occasionally the Safari browser will prevent an E-reserve file from loading. Try turning off the browser's pop-up blocker by selecting the Safari link, then unchecking the "Block Pop-Up Windows" option.