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Embedding Course Reserves into Your Canvas Course

What a librarian can do for my course reserves?

  • Put materials on reserve. For more information, please visit Course Reserves page.
  • Scan and upload course reserves into your Canvas course.

Follow these steps to ask a librarian to embed course reserves in Canvas:

  1. Complete the Instructional Materials Scanning Service form. We will scan the pages and upload them to a folder in your course page. 

    Note: If the item is not in the library, please provide a copy of the item for scanning.

  2. Add the Reserves, Periodicals & Microform account (  with the role of TA to your Canvas course.

    If you don't want to embed a librarian in Canvas, you can also bring a flash drive to the Reserves, Periodicals, & Micoforms desk located on the fourth floor of the library and upload the files by yourself after they have been cleared by RPM for copyright.

    Steps for adding course reserves personnel to Canvas course

  3. Once the files have been uploaded, find your course reserves in the "Files" section on the left sidebar of your Canvas course.

    Course reserves files available from your Canvas course.

Do I need to worry about copyright?

Yes, all materials embedded in Canvas must fall under Fair Use Copyright Best Practices. Please review the library's guide to Copyright Overview: Fair Use to verify that your use of the requested materials is in within academic fair use guidelines, and ask the Reserves Staff if you have any questions. Scans that exceed the Fair Use guidelines may result in delays in processing.

Want to embed other library resources to Canvas?

There are also additional guides on how to embed other library resources into Canvas.

Got a question or comment?

For course reserves, contact Reserves, Periodicals & Microform, University Library Fourth Floor East, at (818) 677-3282

For library resources in Canvas, contact Yi Ding, Coordinator of Online Instruction, at

For Canvas technical support or training information, visit the Faculty Canvas Support page.