Course reserves

To find all Law Library course reserve materials, log in to course reserves.

If a course you're currently registered in does not appear in the list, please check Brightspace for your course materials.

  • The Law Library is responsible for course reserve materials assigned for law courses

For faculty: guidelines for placing materials on reserve

Instructors may submit electronic or hard copy items to the appropriate Libraries’ Reserve Service for processing via online form, , or in person.

All requests submitted for Course Reserves must comply with the UVic's Fair Dealing Guidelines. To ensure compliance, please provide full citation information for each item as it is required for all articles, books, book chapters, web pages, PDFs and links. 

For further information contact the Copyright Office.

Main Library reserve:  

Law Library reserve:

Types of reserve material

Types of material which may be placed on course reserves:

  • Links to licensed online journal articles accessible via library licensed online databases for use by the University of Victoria community.
  • Links to ebooks and chapters in ebooks.
  • Links to websites.
  • Books from the libraries' collections
  • Personal copies of books, journals, textbooks, lecture notes.
  • PDFs of articles from journals or a limited number of pages from a book. The excerpt should not exceed 10% of the book.
  • Student material requires written permission from the student. Permission form for placing student written material on reserve.
  • Please see course reserve locations below for other items that may be placed on course reserve.

Please note the following restrictions:

  • Publishers' complimentary copies of text books will not be accepted for course reserves use.
  • Mearns - McPherson reserves service is only accepting titles from "required" reading lists.
  • Coursepacks will not be placed on reserve.
  • Journals from the library collection will not be placed on reserves.

How and where to submit reserve lists

There are 3 options for submitting reserve lists:

  • Send requests via email.
  • Complete the online request form (see links below).

Main Library reserve: 

Online request form for Main Library reserve

Law Library reserve:

Online request form for Law Library reserve

Processing times and end of term procedures

Processing times

To ensure that your course materials are processed quickly, please submit your requests as soon as possible and provide full citation information for each item.

Course lists received at the beginning of term may take two weeks to process from the time received.

End of term procedures

If your course is offered the following term and you'd like to use the same reserve items, please ask reserve staff to roll over your materials to the next semester.

If your course is not offered in the following term, we'll send your personal copies of books to your departmental office. Library books will be returned to the shelves.

Reserve alternatives and Brightspace

In addition to placing material on course reserve, you may consider the following:


Once your course materials have been processed by reserve, add the Course Reserves link to your Brightspace course for students to quickly access readings.

Electronic journals

The library has online access to full text journal articles. Links to articles can also be added to your course reserve list for easy access.


The UVic Bookstore may be able to produce e-coursepacks that consolidate all your course readings. These are customized to your specifications and available for sale to your students. The bookstore takes care of copyright clearance, printing and duplicating of the material, coursepack preparation, and stocking them on their shelves. There will be a retail cost associated with this activity.

Coursepacks will not be placed on reserve.

For further information please contact the UVic Bookstore Course Materials Order Desk.

Loans and fines

You may borrow two reserve items at one time.

Please return reserve items back to the the reserve desk from where you signed them out.

Loan period May I renew? May I place a hold? Fines
2-Hour* No No $1.20/hour
4-Hour No No $1.20/hour
1-Day No No $1.20/hour
3-Day Yes, if no holds are pending. Yes** $2.00/day

*2-hour loan items may be signed out overnight, two hours before closing.

**Contact us to place a hold on a 3-day loan item.

Check when your reserve items are due: My Library Account

Course reserve locations

Diana M. Priestly Law Library 
Fraser Building


  • Law Library reserves are located on the main floor of the Priestly Law Library in the self-serve Reserve Room.
  • Reserve location for all Faculty of Law courses.
  • Additional reserve materials unique to Law: court cases, statutes, regulations, etc.
  • Reserve items in the Law Library are currently exempt from overdue fines.

McPherson Library
Mearns Centre for Learning


  • Course reserves print collection is located on the main floor of McPherson Library beside the Ask Us Desk.
  • Course reserve location for all courses except Faculty of Law courses.
  • Reserve media materials are also available here: DVDs, videos, CDs, films, recordings, and music scores.