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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. (service currently suspended)

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Copyright Information

Course Reserves - 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.

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.


Open Textbooks and other alternatives to traditional textbooks

We encourage faculty to 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, instructors, 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. 

Course Reserves - Media

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

Reserves staff purchase (or transfer) physical DVDs of required films for on-campus classroom viewing, and will place films on reserve for short-term checkout (service currently suspended).

Note: We understand the convenience of streaming video over physical DVDs, but due to the high cost of streaming video licenses, the library must prioritize the purchase of streaming video licenses for fully online and offsite classes. Please see our streaming video purchase guidelines for more information. During campus building closures due to COVID-19, all classes are being held online and the library is purchasing streaming video licenses whenever possible, contingent upon funding availability.

To suggest films to purchase for the Bothell Campus Library general collection please contact your subject librarian.

Electronic Resources

The UW Libraries licenses over half a million ebooks, thousands of streaming films, and hundreds of article databases that can be used to support your online courses. For assistance identifying or purchasing ebooks or streaming films for assigned reading or viewing, please see Faculty Guidance for Choosing Online Materials

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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