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2021-22 Course reserves

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J.J. Mansalay scans a book that will be available via e-reserves.
J.J. Mansalay scans a book that will be available via e-reserves.

Course reserves is a core service that libraries have provided for generations, offering students no-cost access to materials required for full participation in their classes. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Library pivoted to provide electronic access to these important materials while the physical libraries were closed. For academic year 2021-22, the Library will be providing course reserves electronically only; we have no print reserves service at this time.

Spring 2022

Requests for spring semester 2022 were due Oct. 29, 2021. The full process for purchasing, licensing, and/or digitization generally takes a few months, and requests received after Oct. 29 are unlikely to be available for the start of the semester.

Summer 2022

Summer 2022 requests are due by March 25, 2022. Please submit your summer 2022 courses via email to ereserves@lists.berkeley.edu. Requests received after March 25 are unlikely to be available for the start of summer classes. For the benefit of our students, we encourage you to submit your requests as soon as possible.

What to expect

Faculty members who have requested course reserves will be emailed the direct links to the materials that they have requested to provide to their students via bCourses or in the syllabi. Starting fall 2021, copyrighted books that cannot be purchased as e-books from vendors will be made available through a controlled digital lending platform, UC BEARS — UC Berkeley Electronic and Accessible Reserves System. UC BEARS is available 24/7, and the viewer is ADA-compliant (accessible).


  • digitized items will not be available for download or printing (in portion or entirety).
  • digitized items are available only to users with a CalNet login.
  • print items for books made available through UC BEARS will not be available for UC Berkeley users or members of the public to use on-site and are taken off the shelves and moved to a non-circulating, non-requestable location.
  • the number of simultaneous online users is determined by the number of UC Berkeley-owned physical copies.
  • digital items can be checked out for 120 minutes, and items are renewable at the end of the loan period if another user has not checked them out already.
  • users will be able to see if an item is available for checkout, or if in use, when the item will become available.