Course Reserves

The Library’s Course Reserves Service allows Faculty to set aside materials for class use either physically or electronically through the learning management system (Canvas). Reserve lists include required and recommended readings. 

Students can access class reading lists electronically through Canvas and physically through the library catalogue HERE.

Reserves for Faculty  Reserves for Students Copyright Considerations  Policy on E-Reserves FAQs-E-Reserve


Reserves for Faculty

The library can make individual book chapters, journal, newspaper articles, weblinks available for class(es).  E-Reserves are readings in PDF or hyperlinks to electronic resources currently subscribed to by NUS and Yale-NUS Libraries and published in the specific module pages.

During the start of the course preparation process, you will be invited to submit your required readings HERE.

Placing materials on Course Reserve (RBR)

Items placed in RBR for course reserve will have a 2-hour loan period for Print and 4-hour for DVDs. These materials are kept behind the Service Desk at the library. Related FAQs can be found HERE.


Please use this form to submit your requests to and refer to our copyright guide in case you want to check on limits. In general, you may place,

  • One article of a journal issue
  • One chapter, or up to 10% of a book on electronic reserve, whichever is more.
    Further FAQs can be found HERE. ​​

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Ask Us to Buy Books

General purchase requests not related to reserves should be made by submitting a Purchase Request here.


Reserves for Students

Find a Physical Reserve Item

  • Physical Reserves also known as RBR (Reserved books and Reading) are kept behind the Service Desk at the library.
  • Locate the book from the catalogue and approach the library service desk to borrow it. 
  • You may borrow up to TWO RBR items at a time:
    Loan period Overnight loan starts RBR items are due an hour after Library opens the next day for overnight loans
    Books 2 hours 2 hours before library closes
    DVDs 4 hours 4 hours before library closes
  • RBR items cannot be reserved/placed on hold.

Find Electronic Reserves (E-Reserves)

  • Login to your Canvas account and click on E-Reserves tab on the left.
  • These materials must not be copied or distributed for other purposes except as permitted under copyright law. See copyright page for more information. 


Copyright Considerations

Yale-NUS College complies with the Singapore copyright law and the library takes guidance from NUS in this. Accordingly, Section 52 of the Copyright Act (Chapter 63) has an exception, allowing the communication of multiple copies of reasonable portions articles or book chapters to students. 

More information on this can be located HERE.

Using the E-Reserves System in Canvas ensures that you are abiding by the College’s  copyright permissions policy. 


Yale-NUS College Library  Policy on E-Reserves

  1. E-Reserves materials must be obtained from published works that are found in NUS and Yale-NUS libraries’ collections
  2. As best practice, if a reading is available in the e-resources collection, Yale-NUS Libraries will insert the URL of the electronic version in E-Reserves for access. 
  3. Yale-NUS Library will only process readings that fall within copyright limit which is:
    a.     Not more than 1 article in a journal/periodical
    b.     Not more than 10% of the total number of pages OR 1 chapter of a work.
  4. To reuse/roll over your E-Reserves readings for the next semester: 
    a.     Inform the library that you would like to reuse your readings so that we can help set it up
  5. Yale-NUS Library will not upload documents obtained via Document Delivery Service or Interlibrary loan (ILLiad Service) due to copyright regulations from Section 52 of the Copyright Act (Chapter 63).
  6. Yale-NUS Library has the right to reject requests that do not comply with copyright.

*The above follows NUS Policy on E-Reserves closely.