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Course Reserves Processing

The Course Reserves Unit provides access to course readings at the Library West branch of the George A. Smathers Libraries. Course reserves materials include print books, book chapters, textbooks, e-books, journal articles, slide decks, DVDs, and more. Materials are placed on reserve at the request of the instructor, and all reserve items must comply with copyright law and e-resource licensing.

This page is designed to offer basic information to our students and instructors using the ARES course reserves system, including information on what materials can be placed on reserve, information on basic course reserve policies, contact information for course reserves processing units in other branch libraries, and basic instructions for using ARES.

ARES can now be integrated with your Sakai E-Learning courses. for a brief how-to guide on creating courses and adding materials to these courses within Sakai, click HERE

For questions about using e-learning or Sakai, please visit

Course Reserve Unit Statement on ADA Issues:

Students with disabilities have an equal right to use and benefit from resources at the libraries, including (but not limited to ) course reserve materials . To ensure this right, students  with disabilities:

The George A. Smathers Libraries Course Reserve Unit will work with patrons needing assistance or accommodations to access course reserve materials. Please contact the Course Reserves Unit at 352-273-2520, or email at for information or assistance. We also encourage students to contact and register with the University of Florida Disability Resource Center  at 352-392-8565 or at .


The Course Reserves Unit strongly recommends using the UF VPN Client for accessing course reserve materials from an off-campus network. For information on downloading, installing and using the VPN client, please click HERE

For information on course reserve statistics (number of items on reserve by year, etc.), click HERE

For information about copyright restrictions, and what materials may be placed on reserve, click HERE

For a FAQ on course reserve policies and procedures, click HERE

For information on how to create classes and add items to classes in Ares for instructors, click HERE

For imformation on how to add classes, view materials and and other procedures for students, click HERE

For contact information on all campus course reserves units, click HERE

For helpful links, click HERE

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