Course Reserves and access to textbooks

What are Course Reserves?

Course Reserves are course-specific and supplemental materials set aside by instructors for their students. They are important materials that support the instructional requirements of specific courses. Such materials are processed and organized at Access Services. The physical items are checked out to students through the circulation desk to ensure all students have free access.  The electronic items are accessed through PolyLearn from any computer or device with internet access. The items are accessed by currently registered Cal Poly students via username and password.

Students

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.

Faculty

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. Here are some things you can do, whether you are a student or an instructor:

Instructors
  • Order textbooks early. The earlier you choose your textbooks, the more opportunities the University Store and individual students have of locating lower-priced copies on the used market.
  • Choose lower cost textbooks. A federal law effective July 2010 (Higher Education Opportunity Act) requires publishers to share pricing and detailed information about editorial changes between editions.
  • Consider using an e-textbook from Kennedy Library. Kennedy Library has over 180,000 e-books, one of which may be suitable for your course. Please see our textbook match list to see which courses already are using materials available through the library.
  • Choose open access course materials. Explore the large number of quality resources available online, from textbooks to videos, and more. Do your students need printed texts? There are new publishing platforms for producing low-cost print copies from open educational resources. For resources on open and affordable course materials, please visit Kennedy Library’s Kennedy Library Open and Affordable Resource Guide
  • Create open access course materials. Join the movement for affordable course materials by creating and contributing your own instructional materials via DigitalCommons@Cal Poly, the OER Commons, or MERLOT. For support in exploring this option, please feel free to contact Dana Ospina, Open Content and Digital Publishing Librarian.
Students

More on Open Resources

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