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Activate Course E-reserves in Canvas

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Students can access Course E-Reserves directly in Canvas via the Course Navigation menu on the left. Follow these two simple steps to make E-Reserves accessible to students. 

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Step 1: Activate your course reserves

Activate your course reserves through the library website at It may take up to 24 hours for your request to be processed. Online readings and film requests will take 7-14 business days to be completed.

Step 2: Enable links in Canvas to E-Reserves

Once your E-Reserves are available, you can enable a direct link to your E-Reserves in Canvas.

  1. Log in to Canvas at
  2. Select your course in the Global Navigation menu on the left.
  3. Click Settings in the Course Navigation menu.
  4. Click the Navigation tab at the top of the Settings page.
  5. Click and drag E-Reserves from the bottom section of hidden tools to the top section of visible tools. Beginning AY 15-16, you should see Media Library already present in your Course Navigation menu.
  6. Click Save

Students can access course readings and audio files by clicking E-Reserves and full feature films by clicking Media Library, without reentering their login information.

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