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Course Reserves

A definitive guide on GMU Libraries Course Reserve services for students and faculty.

Spring 2021 - Updates


  • Course Reserves, in alignment with the Libraries Textbooks & E-First Statementis now an E-only service for Spring 2021 due to COVID-19.
  • Physical materials on course reserve will not be able to circulate from Libraries’ Information Desks due to safety concerns for students. We have been working diligently to develop alternative methods to make print course reserves accessible.
    • The Reserves Team or Instructor can reach out to the subject librarian about the potential to purchase the material in an electronic format.
    • The Reserves Team can perform scanning services to make sections of the material available digitally for controlled-student access in Blackboard. Please note, all scanning services are subject to copyright limitations. Copyright permission will be sought where feasible in cases where the excerpt falls outside of fair dealing guidelines.
    • Please note, Course Reserves consists of a small staff. We will process any requests and respond to any questions as quickly as we can. Email responses may take 2-3 business days. With this in mind, we suggest providing as much extra time as possible when placing reserve requests. 

Introducing Leganto! 

  • Course Reserves is transitioning to Leganto, a new course reserves platform, during Spring 2021 with the use of the ILLiad webforms being completely retired by Summer 2021. To find out more information about Leganto, please visit our subject guide!

Guidelines for Requesting - Spring 2021


  • Check to see if Mason owns the material on the library’s website:
    • If we do not, we suggest using an existing e-book from a relevant subject area from the library's e-book collection. Faculty can consult with our subject librarians about alternatives or the potential to purchase the material as e-book.
    • If you cannot substitute, let us know when you place the request and we can try some alternative resources to attempt and get the material needed.
  • One citation per request. If you need multiple chapters from the same book or articles from the same journal, we need a request per each chapter / article.
  • Requests are processed in the order they are received. We do try and prioritize requests that need a quicker turnaround time, if possible.
  • ‘Needed by Date’ in the online form is one way we can try to do this. Faculty members need to put in the exact date the material is needed by for that day’s class.
    • Do not put ASAP or immediately. We need an exact date to help try and prioritize.
  • Incomplete forms will cause delays.

How to Request:

1: Login to ILLiad with your Mason NetID and Password.

2: Click the ‘New Reserve Request’ button on the left side of the screen.

  •    If you do not have this button, contact the Reserves Team at:
    •  Please note that if you click ‘New Interlibrary Loan Request,’ your request will come in as an Interlibrary Loan request and not a Reserve request.

3: Fill out the form (i.e. class information, complete book/article information, 'Need by Date', etc.)

4: Click ‘Submit’ at the bottom of the screen.


Tutorial: How to Place Items on Reserve

Providing Students Access to Reserve Materials

Print and Media Reserves

  • Students may determine item status, call number, and location through a catalog title search.
  • Students may consult the Course Reserves - Student page
  • Remind students that reserves have limited borrowing periods. 



  • Activate your course in Blackboard.
  • Once processed, the requestor will receive an email with a link to your e-Reserves folder. Add the link into the content area of the course page in Blackboard.
  • For assistance, see the How to Link e-Reserves in Blackboard tutorial.