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COVID-19 Updates: All face-to-face library services remain closed.


Contactless pickup service | Study space and computer reservation | Printing, scanning and copying services


The new “Reading List Tool” available in D2L provides a single access point to request any materials you like would like placed on reserve in the Library. The tool enables you to create reading lists including books, articles, media etc. The Library can work with the lists to provide copyright clearance, scan/upload content and review items recommended for purchase.

Reading List Tool

Reserve Information and Deadlines

COVID-19 Update

During the fall term, print course reserves are unavailable due to the 72-hour quarantine required on physical materials. E-reserves are preferred due to the remote online delivery of most courses. Where possible the Library will work to source electronic versions of print materials. At this time, it is best to proceed with requests for e-content for the winter term in order for the Library to identify what it can provide.

The University of Calgary Library purchases materials to support the research and learning interests of the University. This is typically material that supplements the learning experience-taking place in the classroom and not basic curriculum materials. Where possible in this difficult year, the library will endeavour to purchase e-Book versions of physical resources wanted for reserves.

The purchase of textbooks falls outside of the library’s traditional mission and increasingly textbook publishers do not make e-versions of titles available to libraries at reasonable prices. The Library will purchase very few textbooks this year given the problems acquiring e-Book versions and the inability to provide print reserve service.

Learning Materials Costs to Students

Academic staff invest considerable efforts in recommending high-quality learning resources that are closely aligned with the learning outcomes for each course. However, the cost of learning materials has become a concern. This memo highlights resources available through Libraries and Cultural Resources, the Copyright Office, Bound and Copied and the Bookstore that can assist in alleviating some of the high costs for learning materials.


Place requests at least four weeks before required by students to ensure clearance and processing of materials is complete on time. Request new purchases as soon as possible: new purchases and license negotiations vary from two to eight weeks.



Reading List Tool Guide

Contact Copyright for access to the old request form if needed.

Submission Questions: Please email