Course Readings: Info for Faculty

Course Reserves

You can request that the library order ebooks and/or print books for your course. Please contact Paula Cammarata with all requests and questions about this process.

Print Reserve Books

  • Ginn Library will order these for you.
  • These books will be available for students to check out from the Ginn Library circulation desk for 2 hours at a time. See our Course Reserves page for full details.


  • Ginn Library will order these for you if we can—publishers do not always make ebooks available for libraries to purchase.
  • Usage depends on publishers’ restrictions—whenever possible, we try to purchase ebooks for unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Students can access these books through the library catalog (JumboSearch) with their Tufts credentials.

Scanned Readings

  • Because Tufts Libraries have resumed all regular on-campus services, including print Reserve lending, we cannot make scans of print books for all of a course’s students and still be in compliance with copyright law.
  • Individual students can request up to 2 scanned chapters of a book through our Scan & Deliver service. Due to copyright restrictions, we cannot scan more than this.
  • Read the Tufts University Policy on Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials to better understand copyright guidelines.


Canvas is a web-based course management program for teaching, learning, and assessment. Canvas enables you to provide students with course materials, discussion boards, online quizzes, and more. Log into Canvas with your Tufts username and password to access your course sites.    

Use Canvas to make your readings available to students.

Canvas Reading List Tool

Once the library has processed your list of course readings, all Reserve readings will appear in the Reading List tab of your Canvas course site for students to refer to. This includes print books, eBooks, online journal articles, streaming media, and anything else in JumboSearch that you’ve asked to be placed on Reserve.

You can also add items to your course’s Reading List yourself. Learn how to link directly to library resources.