Course Reserves

Course Reserves and Electronic Course Reserves are course-specific materials set aside by Cal Poly instructors for their students. This material may include books/eBooks, textbooks, articles, solutions, videos or materials in other formats.


Finding / Accessing Reserve Materials

  1. physical copies of materials (books, textbooks, etc) from the Circulation Desk
    • Search PolyCAT
      Use your course number or your instructor's name to find out what materials are reserved for your class.
    • Pick up at the Circulation Desk
      Course reserve materials are available for checkout at the Circulation desk with a valid Cal Poly I.D.
  2. electronic copies (e.g. PDFs) from PolyLearn

More questions?

Read the checkout guidelines for checkout and return times as well as possible fines.


Submitting Materials

Library materials or personal copies of faculty's materials can be placed on reserve for student use.

Need help finding relevant library materials for your course? Your College Librarian is happy to help.

Examples of materials that can be placed on reserve by faculty request:

  • Books/eBooks
  • Book/eBook chapters
  • Articles
  • Short stories, essays, poems
  • Graphs, charts, pictures, cartoons
  • Audio or video material

If requested materials are in the Kennedy Library's subscribed electronic journals or books, we will link to the electronic version in accordance with any licensing allowances.

More questions?

See the submission guidelines.

Ready to put materials on reserve?

Fill out the Course Reserves submission form.

Concerned about the high cost of textbooks?

So are we. Read more about what you can do, whether you are a student or an instructor.