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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 Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 terms.  Our services have returned to normal. Hard copy (DVD and books) as well as electronic reserves items including ebooks, 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.

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.

Our website provides additional information at About Course Reserves.

If there are any questions, or if we can be of assistance, please contact us at 352-273-2520, or via email at


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.


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Controlled Digital Lending

If your course includes an item in the Controlled Digital Lending Program, please see the Student Guide for Access to CDL Materials.

The item will appear in the Ares list with "Request Access to eBook." You will "View Item" and be taken to a calendar to schedule delivery of the item. 


The item will appear in the Library Catalog as "Controlled Digital Lending - Course # Professor's Name." 



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

Course Reserves Benefits


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

  • Sakuna Saengow, 352-273-2592; email:

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