Trent University Library & Archives continues to offer electronic collections and virtual services. As part of the University’s limited and reduced campus presence, Bata Library and the Durham GTA Campus Library & Learning Centre are closed and physical collections are unavailable. Virtual services and support are available by contacting Check for updates regularly on our COVID-19 Alert Page.

Curbside Pickup for Faculty & Graduate Students is available starting June 23rd.

Submitting Course Reserve Material


COVID-19 Service Update:

Because the Reserve Collection consists of only physical items, Reserve items are NOT available, until further notice. We are not currently lending Reserve items or placing items on Reserve.

Reading List Update:

Our new Leganto software, which you can find in your Blackboard course menu as "Readings & Resources" is replacing the Reserve Request forms on this page. More information is available for instructors on our guide, Leganto: Create Lists for Course Readings & Resources.

  • Use a reading list to request physical items for Reserve, tag them as "Reserve" (as per the guide section on Tag Citations), and we'll take over from there.


Prior to submitting a Course Reserve request, instructors are advised to consult the Reserves Collection Policy.

A Reserve request form must be completed and submitted online for each item placed on Reserves. 

Trent University is committed to providing inclusive and barrier free access to information; therefore, accessible formats of materials must be available upon request.

Please allow at least one to two weeks at the beginning of term for processing requests, and three to five business days at other times. Requests are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. For multiple requests, please assist the process by including the date students will require the material.

If an item is already on Reserve for another instructor, complete a form for your own course, so the reading will also appear under your name and course within the library catalogue. If two instructors have requested different loan periods, the shorter period (i.e. three hour) is used.

Request Forms

There are three request forms for the purpose of addressing the Instructor’s material type and location requirements. The online forms are directed to the appropriate staff at Bata Library or Durham Branch. 

Follow the instructions below for a Reserve which is a:

Book or Other Eligible Item in the Library

Search Omni to see if the Library owns the book. If so, complete the online form for an item to be placed on Reserve at:

The book will be retrieved and processed on your behalf.

Personal Copy

Complete the online form for an item to be placed on Reserve at:

Once submitted, you will receive an email with a Reserves Request (RT) tracking number. Send or bring the personal copy to the library staff, listing the accompanying RT tracking number.

New Book

If the library doesn't own a copy of an item you wish to place on Reserve, there are two steps required to get it.

Step 1: Complete the online form for an item to be placed on Reserve at:

Once submitted, you will receive an email with a Reserves Request (RT) tracking number.

Step 2: Submit the Acquisitions Request, and include th RT number for your Reserve Request, in the specified field. (See the menu link for Acquisitions/Requests.) This sets in motion the process to purchase the item and then place it on Reserve for your course.


Placing copies of material in Blackboard by-passes the library, and could violate copyright regulations. It is your responsibility to ensure copyright compliance through Trent's Copyright Office.  Using permalinks to licenced library material is generally a better option.