Western Libraries

Course Readings

What is the Course Readings Service?

The Course Readings service from Western Libraries is an expansion of traditional print library reserves. Through Course Readings, the library will make supplemental course material more accessible to students, and reduce the work of instructors in organizing and arranging access to items in their reading lists.

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Course Readings



  • A personalized service that is flexible enough to work with your course needs and schedule.
    • Send us your syllabus, and we'll handle the rest. From start to finish.
    • Submit individual item requests, and processing will be completed with high priority.
  • The Course Readings service includes:
    • Scanning and uploading book chapters and articles held in print. Scans will be high-quality PDFs compatible with text-to-speech software.
    • Ensuring stable links to online resources.
    • Placing books and other physical items on short-term loan at your preferred library.
    • Requesting new purchases for items not part of Western Libraries collection.
    • Providing assistance in copyright compliance and, where required, securing copyright clearance. For main campus courses, Western Libraries will remunerate any related fees or royalties to the copyright owner.
    • Support from library staff in all aspects of arranging and disseminating access to supplemental course materials.
  • As readings are processed, instructors see live status information.
  • For online resources, Course Readings provides usage statistics to inform curriculum evaluation and redevelopment.
  • Readings can be instantly imported across current and previous courses without re-input.
  • Are you #textbookbroke? All readings are free, versus expensive course packs and textbooks.
  • Course readings are made available online whenever possible. Items produced by the library will meet high standards for quality and compatibility with text-to-speech software.
  • Course readings are part of the OWL course site, with no additional log in or searching.
  • Books and other items for loan show current availability status.
  • All supplemental readings are in one place, regardless of format: print, online, etc.
  • Course readings are organized to correspond with the syllabus.