To add e-reserve items to your course, you will need to do the following:

  1. Go to and sign in using your my.ryerson username and password.
  2. Find the section called Manage My Resources. Click on the link Courses and Organizations.
  3. Scroll down to the Courses and Organizations section and click Request and Manage Shell.
  4. Click the option to request a “D2L Course Shell”.On the ‘Request a D2L Shell’ form you can check the check box under Library eReserve to indicate that you want to use the service. For those who have used e-reserves before, please also check the second check box to inform the Library that you are re-using the same materials.
  5. If you have already made your course shell and did not check this box ask DMP or DE to add the Library to your D2L course(s).
  6. Or email your course code/details and reading list or syllabus (in Word format) to  We require full citations with the source of the material and page numbers, if applicable, for each reading.  Lists with vague or incomplete information will not be accepted.  
  7. Once your have submitted your readings please review our Deadlines and Processing Times webpage. Please allow a minumum of 10 days for processing during peak periods (one week before term starts until 2 weeks after term has started). After the E-Reserve deadline date has passed, readings are processed on a first come first served basis, so if you want to ensure students have access to their readings at the beginning of term please submit by the term deadlines. We understand the contract faculty are not always able to do this due to contract start dates.

Time Line considerations: Please note that the Self Serve E-Reserve option may be faster way to get your readings processed and available to students when you are submitting materials past the E-Reserve deadline. Please note though if a permission has to be sought for a reading it still could take 6-8 weeks to process.

Required Information

The following information is required with email requests:

Course Information

  • Course Code/ Course Name
  • Term material is requested for
  • Section codes (if applicable)
  • Instructor name(s)
  • Department
  • Anticipated enrolment
  • Duration of the course/number of times it will run during the current academic year
  • If the course is run through DE (i.e. Ektron)
  • Required Reading OR Supplementary reading status marked clearly

Full bibliographic citations for each reading

  • Author name
  • Article or chapter name
  • Name of journal or source book
  • Date of publication and/or volume and issue
  • Page range used
  • Publisher name (for book chapters)
  • ISSN or ISBN (if you have it)

Examples of complete citations.

Organizational Information

Instructions on how you would like the readings organized – i.e. into topical or weekly subfolders Eg.  Week 01, Module 01, Gender & Sexuality

Dropping off Material to be Scanned

If you have materials to be scanned, please drop them off at the library’s Circulation Desk on the 2nd floor. Materials must be clearly marked with the course code and accompanied by an email to containing the course syllabus. We can only process course materials that are submitted with full bibliographic citations for each reading.

NEW: Copyright Considerations

As of Dec. 31st, 2015 we are opting out of the Access Copyright licence that covers published works like books, magazines, newspapers and journals. Any material that is being used in E-Reserve that exceeds 10% or one chapter of a work  and is not covered by a Library Licence will need to get permission cleared so that it can be made available to your students. Please note that we will do our best to clear permissions for the work but may not be able to do so in some cases, based on a variety of factors, including availability of a licence, class size and cost issues. Please note that permission often is not available for amounts that exceed 15%, especially if the work is a textbook. You may be asked to a) adjust the amount of a reading you can make legally available to your students or consider alternative readings;  b) consider placing the book on Print Reserve or c) send the readings that are over 10% or one chapter of a work to the Campus Store to be processed as a short course pack. Thanks so much for your patience in this time of transition and please email with copyright questions if they arise.