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Course Reserves

Course reserves may consist of materials owned by the library, such as books or journals, or personal materials owned by the instructor, including photocopies, lecture notes, and online resources or digital files.  

Place Materials on Reserve

We accept requests for both physical reserves and electronic reserves. To place material on reserve, whether you are beginning a new list or adding to an existing list, please fill out the Course Reserves Request Form

Please note, requests are:

  • Processed in the order they are received
  • May be subject to deadlines to ensure availability during high-volume request periods
  • Accepted any time during the semester

For help with special orders, contact your librarian by subject. Reserved materials may require copyright permission.

We can help you replace costly commercial textbooks with alternative or open access teaching materials. 


Open Educational Resources

We can help you replace traditional commercial textbooks with more affordable learning materials, including alternative textbooks and open access materials for use.

Open Access Materials

Open access (OA) materials such as articles and books are digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Open access publishing makes research findings accessible to a global audience by removing price and permission barriers. Find materials in our Open Educational Resources Library Guide

Adopt an Alternative Textbook

UK Libraries awards grants to up to 10 faculty members annually who propose using open textbooks, free course content, and other UK Libraries licensed information as alternative materials for their courses.

View past recipients and learn more about the application process on our Alternative Textbook Library Guide.

Scholarship Opportunities

The David Mudry Memorial Scholarship is a one-time $1,000 award to help offset the cost of books and course materials for students with unmet financial need. Visit our Research Awards & Grants page for more information.