Course Reserves

Course Reserves

Reserves are course materials that NC State faculty and staff put on hold, with limited circulation periods, for patrons to use. These materials are usually housed both at the VML service desk and online through an 'electronic reserve' system (PDFs). Most items in Course Reserves are already available as online ebooks that you can access from anywhere.

Search the catalog

For Students

  • Find Course Reserves at the VML or search the catalog for other required or recommended books.
  • All electronic reserves items scanned by library staff are converted into text-searchable PDFs for use with screen-reading software.
  • Upon request, library staff can convert instructor-provided scans into text-searchable PDFs.

For Instructors

Submit Course Reserves Requests

Through the Course Reserves management system, instructors can request to have library staff create and add physical and digital course reserves to their classes.

Instructors can directly manage nearly every aspect of course reserves online:

  • Submit Course Reserve requests. (Under the 'Staff' tab, select 'create request'.)
  • Reactivate and import from past courses.
  • Upload or link new digital course reserves.
  • Sort and annotate reserve items.
  • Integrate reserves listings with Moodle.
  • Add and remove students and teaching assistants from courses.

Submit Course Reserves Requests By Email

You can also place requests via email. When you place a request to, please specify the email subject line as 'Reserve Request' and include the following information:

  • Course name and number.
  • Instructor's name and email.
  • List of materials with full citations (title, author, and edition) to be placed on reserve as an attached reading list.

Please note: It may take 1-2 days to process and make materials available for students. Materials are not processed on weekends, in the evenings, or during holidays.

DVM Core Course Titles on Reserve

The library automatically enters core DVM course titles listed as regular, optional, and library reserves on the DVM Online Course Syllabus as reserve requests through the Course Reserves management system. VML staff use the syllabus published and updated for the semester deadlines as of August 1 for the Fall and December 1 for the Spring. 

Additional books or media (library-owned or personal copies) may be added after the semester deadlines by email request to or by submitting an online request through the Course Reserves website.

Place Materials for Selectives on Reserve

The library does not automatically place Selectives readings on reserve. Requests for Selectives reading are due two weeks before the course begins. When submitting requests (either by email or online), please list all reading material required. Please include texts that may already be on reserve so that students will only need to consult one listing.

Place Personal Materials on Reserve

Instructors may place personal copies of materials (books, media, or copies) on Reserve.

  • Include the owner's name and course number/title (on the items) when submitting personal materials. 
  • Place media in cases, and place print copies in folders.
  • Email the request list for those materials as an attachment before delivery. Or, you can complete the Print Request Form and bring the form along with the materials.

We appreciate prompt delivery of materials to the library. Items listed on the syllabus as of the semester deadlines of August 1 for the Fall and December 1 for the Spring should be brought to the library by those dates.

Contact the VML by phone at (919) 513-6218 or email at if you have any questions.