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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 at the University of Florida continues to monitor the official responses of the University, and gauge the effects of these responses on the timely provision of course reserves materials to students during this emergency. 

The Course Reserves units are still accepting requests for the Spring 2021 term and accepting requests for Summer 2021.  When making these 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 and acquire materials in a digital format (when possible), and to manually digitize and process requests as necessary.  We will make every attempt to digitize materials, but be aware that even in this emergency, it may not always be possible to provide digital access to materials- if this is the case with any requests, we will contact the instructor and work with them to find a solution to the situation. For the Srping term, due to the nature of the emergency, we can only process requests for electronic reserves. We will not be able to process or provide hard copy reserve items.

Please keep in mind that during this emergency, that our policies and procedures may change- we will, however, notify instructors as this emergency and the University response to this emergency evolves, and we remain committed to giving the best possible service and access to materials. 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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The main office number for Course Reserves is 352-273-2520, and the main email address is


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