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Course Reserves: Course Reserves Information for Faculty

General Information

The UWB/CC Campus Library building is closed until further notice. All Reserves staff are teleworking effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020. If you have any questions regarding required textbooks or media, please contact Reserves staff at

Course Reserves are course-related materials made available through the UWB/CC Campus Library. Textbooks, films, and other Items owned by the UW Libraries or the instructor may be placed on Reserve for short-term checkout.

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Course Textbooks

Reserves staff are working remotely and are unable to process physical materials for reserve at this time.

Although the University Book Store's physical locations are closed until further notice, their online store is operating. Your students can order textbooks online and have them shipped with free domestic, ground shipping.

We recommend our own not-for-profit University Book Store, but there are other places your students can purchase textbooks online. The Online Learning Support: How to Access Library Resources (For Students) provides additional information regarding textbooks and purchase options.

If you are requiring your students to purchase a code to access the textbook publisher's online portal for exercises, quizzes, and other course materials, please note that most used textbooks will not include the one-time use access code. Our bookstore staff will be able to assist you with questions about required access codes.

Alternatives to Textbooks on Course Reserves

Consider using an Open Textbook as an alternative to traditional textbooks. Open textbooks are books covered by an open copyright license and available freely to students, teachers, and members of the public. Most open textbook licenses allow the right to access, download, revise, or customize the content. 

For more open textbooks options, or information about OERs and library-licensed educational resources (LERs), visit the Campus Library Open Educational Resources guide. 

Electronic Resources

If you have questions regarding purchasing an ebook as required reading for a course, please contact Reserves staff.

Electronic Books

Electronic books (ebooks) are generally not purchased for Course Reserves because they often have licensing restrictions that prevent multiple users from accessing the book at the same time or limit the overall number of times the item can be accessed.

The UW Libraries can buy ebooks *if* they are available for academic libraries to purchase. In most cases, commercial textbook publishers (e.g. McGraw Hill, Wiley, Prentice Hall) will sell their ebooks to individual consumers only. If you are using a textbook that is published by a commercial textbook publisher, it is highly unlikely that your course textbook is available to purchase as an ebook for an academic library.

  • Licenses govern the use of electronic versions of UW-restricted materials. Links can usually be made to these resources unless prohibited by license agreements.
  • Not all print books have ebook equivalents, especially traditional textbooks
  • The library purchases ebooks with unlimited, concurrent user licenses when they are available, and as our funding allows - this isn't always possible
  • Many publishers restrict access to 1 or 3 concurrent users per ebook students may not be able to access the book at the time of need If the ebook license restricts the number of concurrent users
  • Popular, consumer-oriented ebook platforms such as Kindle, Nook, and Kobo are not available to the academic market - students have to buy those directly from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Google Play, as they are intended for one user at a time

Students will probably still need to purchase their textbooks from the University Book Store, Amazon, or other textbook vendor since most ebooks are not available for unlimited concurrent users. The Online Learning Support: How to Access Library Resources (For Students) provides additional information regarding textbooks and electronic textbook purchase options.

Due to COVID-19, some ebooks may temporarily be accessible through the Internet Archive's National Emergency Library. Note that authors/creators can request to have their works removed from the Internet Archive at any time, so books may not be reliably available through this service.

Streaming Media for UW Bothell Faculty

The Bothell Campus Library is attempting to fulfill as many requests for streaming media as is feasible (and as our funding allows) during this public health crisis.

If you would like us to research a streaming license:

  • Contact Reserves staff at  and share as much information as you have about the film (title, director, website, etc.) at least four weeks prior to the date needed 
  • Streaming is available for Course Reserves only and must be required viewing for the entire class (i.e. we will not license films for a suggested viewing list)
  • Academic streaming licenses often cost $200-600 per film. Thus, requests will be purchased on a first come, first serve basis, contingent on available funding
  • Please have a contingency plan if we are not able to license a film, or meet your required timeframe. Your Subject Librarian may be able to help you identify alternate films.

Similar to ebooks, consumer streaming platforms (such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu) do not offer institutional licenses for academic libraries. Netflix does allow a few films to be used by educators for classroom viewing, but these are limited and difficult to find. If you see that a commercial streaming service is showing a film, Reserves staff can check to see if an academic library vendor also licenses that film. If not, students would need to rent the film through the commercial streaming provider. The Online Learning Support: How to Access Library Resources provides additional information regarding streaming media access and rental options for your students.

Please understand that streaming video is a very expensive resource for academic libraries, which will require us to resume our normal streaming purchasing guidelines when classes are again conducted in person (i.e. we prioritize fully online or offsite classes).

For additional information, visit e-Video: Streaming Video for UW Bothell Faculty.

Off-Campus Links

Stable off-campus links can be added to Canvas unless license agreements prohibit the use of links for Course Reserves. To create an off-campus link, visit UW Libraries' Creating Stable Links to Journal Articles or contact Reserves staff for assistance.

Student Work

Student work is protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. You must have signed, written permission before student work can be used; email permission is not acceptable.

Contact Information

UWB/CC Campus Library Reserves

Location: Bothell Campus Library, LB1-311


Office Hours: Office is closed until further notice; Reserves staff are generally available via email M-F 8am - 5pm.

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