Student Access to Course Reserves

Course material is provided to OSU Students by the library in both physical and digital formats. This list has many of the digital versions with a direct link. You can search for both physical and digital items here, by course, instructor, or textbook title.

You can check out physical items at the Circulation Desk on the second (main) floor near the entrance to Valley Library. Most items check out for 3 hours and are first come, first served. Please be prepared to wait 15 minutes between loans.

If the library doesn't have a required text for your course, we will do our best to get one for you and your classmates to share if you fill out this form.

If you find a course reserve that is open source or free, please email with the information.

Students can also borrow textbooks from the Basic Needs Center (BNC). Done with your textbook? Consider donating it to the BNC Library!

Questions? Please contact the Ask a Librarian service for help!

Instructors and Teaching Assistants

Please use this form: Purchase Request for Collections and Course Reserves

If you have personal copies of course materials that you are able to lend to the library for your students to borrow, we are happy to facilitate. Please fill out the request form linked above and note it on the form.

Requests will be filled in the order received. You will be notified when your materials are available.

As we respond to course reserves requests we will prioritize our work in this way:

  • First, we will try to secure licensed, digital copies of books and articles (subject to licensing and availability).
  • Second, we will purchase physical copies of the texts to share with students at the Circulation Desk.
  • Third, we will scan print materials and give students access based on Control Digital Lending's 1:1 ratio principle as time and resources permit.
  • We will also share open source or free materials where they are available.

Please know that we appreciate each of you and your commitment to our students.

Questions? Please contact for help!