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Teaching Support for Faculty at the Penn State Lehigh Valley Library

Course Reserves

Our course reserves service provides students with access through the library to many textbooks, articles, films, and more that are assigned in classes. Together, we can help increase their access to materials and reduce financial burdens and barriers. Options can include:

  • Placing physical materials (library-owned or personal copies) in the library for short-term loans
  • Scanning portions of books and journal articles and making them available electronically through our e-reserves system
  • Linking to e-books, electronic journal articles, and streaming video licensed by the Libraries through our e-reserves system
  • Licensing new e-books and streaming video

For assistance with physical and electronic reserves (e-reserves), contact Kathy Romig ( or Susan Stumpf (

For assistance exploring new licensing options for materials you're assigning, contact your liaison librarian.

Course Reserves Information for Your Syllabus

As you prepare your course materials, consider including information about how your students can connect with the library. Please feel free to use or adapt the following language for your syllabus, Canvas course and announcements, assignment instructions, and more. Contact liaison librarian for customized information for your course needs.

Find Course Materials with Library E-Reserves (if your course has active electronic reserves)

E-books/digitized selections from books/electronic journal articles assigned for this course are available online through the library’s electronic reserves service. To access these materials, check the Library Resources tab in our Canvas course. These materials are also available through the University Libraries website (; choose the Course Reserves tab in the FIND area, then choose the link that says “Access the libraries’ electronic reserves by reviewing our E-Reserves system.”

Find Course Materials with Library Reserves (if your course has active physical reserves)

Books/DVDs assigned for this course are available through the library's course reserves service. These items are located in the library and can be borrowed for short periods of time (e.g., 2 hours, 4 hours, or 24 hours depending on the item). These short term loans help make the items available to many students. Ask for these items at the help desk near the library entrance.

Open Educational Resources

Open educational resources (OER) are openly licensed, freely available course materials. Adopting OERs instead of commercial textbooks, or as a supplement to them, may also help reduce burdens/barriers for students and add value to your courses.

For assistance with open educational resources, contact your liaison librarian.

Acquiring Library Materials to Support Courses and Programs

For assistance discovering library materials to support your courses and programs or to suggest acquisitions for the library's collections, contact your liaison librarian.