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Library Research Guide

General Policies

The e-reserves service allows faculty to place materials such as articles, images, book chapters, lecture notes, public domain materials, eBooks, etc. on e-reserves. Students may access these materials by logging into their K-State account and searching their course code on the K-State Libraries' webpage.


Canvas Integration - Library Course Reserves

The Canvas integration of reserves reading lists allows students to access required and supplementary course materials in one spot by showing all items on reserve for a particular class code. Materials on this list may be physical or e-reserves, the latter accessible directly through the integration. Any instructor who uses or would like to use course reserves can take advantage of this service. 

Professors may enable the reserves integration on their Canvas pages at any time but are encouraged to speak with the Course Reserves Coordinator (haleres@ksu.edu) to ensure that the integration connects to the correct reading list. Directions for opting-in to that service can be read here



Not all materials may be added to e-reserves. It shall be the responsibility of the reserves staff to determine if material requested for e-reserves can be added either due to:

  • copyright
  • time and/or scope of the request
  • other factors that make the request unfeasible


If the needed material is physically owned by the library, reserves staff will scan it for addition to e-reserves. Reserves staff will, however, only scan an amount that is in compliance with copyright law.

  • K-State Libraries' guidelines for scanning are limited to any amount of a book's total page count that complies with copyright law. Scan requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


E-reserves course files are no longer accessible from the e-reserves space at the end of each semester. If you wish to use the resource again, please submit a new request.


E-Reserves Policies for Requesting Faculty

The K-State e-reserves pilot is in its infancy, having been launched in the spring of 2023. As such, we are balancing staff capacity with each request. If you miss the deadline to submit an e-reserves request for the current semester, please feel free to still submit requests for the upcoming semester.

  • Before requesting an item, please search K-State's resources for permalinks - these have the potential for addition to e-reserves and/or can be linked to Canvas. 
  • For items not available through electronic databases, please fill out the e-reserves request form.
  • If you request scans, please allow 5-7 business days for these items to be made available.


Request a Course Purchase

Request that the library purchase a copy of your required class material using the link below. Ensure that you indicate these items are a priority and are for course reserves. Additionally, indicate whether you want a print or digital version of the item.

Priority Deadlines

To allow time for requested reserve materials to be processed and made available for the first day of the term, all requests should be submitted prior to the following dates:

  • Fall Semester - August 1

  • Spring Semester - December 1

  • Summer Semester - May 1

However, items that are not needed for the first day of classes may be added at any point during the term. Consult the Course Reserves Coordinator for these requests.