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Course Reserves for George A. Smathers Libraries: Home

Learn about Course Reserves and how they can contribute to your teaching and learning experiences.


The Course Reserves units of the George A. Smathers Libraries are currently accepting course reserves requests for the Spring 2023 semester. Hard copy (DVD and books) as well as electronic reserves items including ebooks, database links, scans of chapters and streaming video will be available through Course Reserves. Please keep in mind that scans of chapters or sections of material will be subject to copyright fair use guidelines.

For fully online classes, if no ebook is available or the scanning request cannot be provided due to copyright restrictions, we have an alternate option.  Controlled Digital Lending is the digital equivalent of traditional library lending whereby we can digitize an item we own and lend it out as a secured digital version. The digital file cannot be printed, copied or redistributed to comply with fair use guidelines. (Similar to use as a single user e-book).  If you have questions about this option, please contact the Course Reserves unit at 352-273-2520 or email us at Digitization of videos for fully online classes is also an option; contact the Course Reserves unit for more information.

Additionally, we will be accepting requests throughout the term. When making course reserves requests, we would ask that instructors place their requests as early as possible, to give the library workers enough time to search for, acquire materials and process both hardcopy and digital format (when possible) requests as necessary. To open a new course or renew a course in Ares, please see  Instructors Guide to Ares.

Our website provides additional information at

If there are any questions, or if we can be of assistance, please contact us at 352-273-2520, or via email at Please feel free to share this information with colleagues who would benefit from the services of Course Reserves.


The Course Reserves Unit provides access to course materials at the Library West branch of the George A. Smathers Libraries. Course reserves materials include print books, book chapters, textbooks, e-books, journal articles, slide decks, DVDs, and more. Materials are placed on reserve at the request of the instructor, and all reserve items must comply with copyright law and e-resource licensing.

This guide is designed to offer basic information to our students and instructors using the Ares Course Reserves system, including information on what materials can be placed on reserves, information on basic course reserves policies, contact information for course reserves processing units in other branch libraries, and basic instructions for using ARES.


Contact Us

Contact information for specific course reserves workers/libraries can be found at Course Reserves Branch Contacts

for general inquiries, use our online form, or call the main office at 352-273-2520. 


Ask a Librarian

Ask a Librarian: Links to chat services- talk real time with a librarian, and receive research assistance

Course Reserves Benefits


Controlled Digital Lending

We are excited to share recent changes made to the existing CDL service.

Please share this procedure with the students.

The new service allows students to access the item immediately without making an appointment. The item is provided to the student electronically for a 2-hour loan period. Additional access to the item will be available for use fifteen minutes from the time of return. Checkout is available 24/7. As provided in the previous service, users cannot download or print the file.

Access the link to the item in the Ares interface. Choose “View Item.”

  1. Access to the item is on this screen:

  1. Choose “Read” and the item will open in a pdf file for immediate use. The due back time is reflected on this page and students have the option to return the item before the due back time.

  1. If you wish to check out the item that you recently returned, you will have to wait fifteen minutes before you can do so.

  1. Access to each CDL item will be available in the course’s Ares page.


If you need any assistance, please contact the Course Reserves department. 352-273-2520.

Contact information

Course Reserves Processing Contact Information

The main office number for Course Reserves is 352-273-2520, and the main email address is


Architecture & Fine Arts Library

  • John Seay, 352-273-2805; email:

Education Library

Health Science Center Library

  • Thomas Persico, 352-273-2633; email:

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