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Online Reserves

Using ARES electronic reserves

Learn how to use ARES to place your course materials on reserve.

Contact to request one-on-one training on how to create your own electronic reserves.

To place an item on reserve, submit the online reserve form.

Watch this video for a short introduction on ARES.

What can you place on reserve?

  • Scanned book chapters
  • Electronic journal articles
  • eBooks
  • Website links
  • Audio/visual material
  • PowerPoint slides
  • Documents you have created

How do students access it?

  • Electronically through our ARES system
  • Via permalinks on your course website

eReserves submission guidelines

  • Fall semester: July 10
  • Winter semester: November 1
  • Summer semester: April 1

How long does it take to get copyright?

  • 4-6 weeks for anything that was originally in print
  • Within 1 week for database articles
  • Longer at the beginning of the semester

You will need:

  • clean photocopies of the material
  • the resource’s title, author, publisher, publication year, and page numbers
  • Guelph central login (if you don't know it, ask your faculty support officer to confirm.)


  1. Collect the required items.
  2. Submit the items using ARES or submit the submit the online reserve form.
  3. Remember that reserves are administered on a semester basis.  Faculty who wish to carry their reserves forward into a new semester should contact

Please note:

If you scan materials yourself and upload them to your course website without obtaining permission, you are violating copyright.