Course Reserve Service

The Library's Course Reserves Service allows instructors to set aside books, films, sound recordings and other physical items for class use. Items can be identified online via CatSearch, and checked out at the Service Desk. The lending period for all Course Reserves is currently 4 hours. 


Access your instructor's physical course reserve items using the Course Reserve tab search option in CatSearch.

  • In the search box, type in the 4 letter abbreviation (ex: BMGT 205 for Business Management) to bring up all items for that class.
  • Or, if you know the title of the item, simply type that in the search box and click on the yellow search button.
  • Once you find the item, look for the ORR number (ex: ORR 180). That is the number you'll use when requesting the item at the Service Desk.
  • Be sure to have your CatCard with you to ensure a speedy checkout process.


Faculty may place library owned items on Reserve, or may use personal copies of items. An online form for reserve requests is coming. In the interim, please contact your library reserve specialists to place items on reserve.

  • Contact: Dave Michael - - or phone 406-994-3139
  • Contact: Stephanie Breen - - or phone 406-994-3139 

Adding Electronic Content in BrightSpace/D2L

The Library does not offer an Electronic Reserves (E-Reserves) service. Instead, faculty may upload course readings and other electronic content directly to the BrightSpace course shell.

All content uploaded into BrightSpace/D2L must be accessible by all users, which is the responsibility of the instructor uploading the content. Montana State University Library is committed to providing all MSU students, faculty and staff equitable access to the library resources and services they require for their academic and research needs, and helping instructors do the same for their students. If you have questions, or want to learn how to make your documents accessible, please contact Jacqueline Frank, Instruction & Technology Librarian. 

Many instructors choose to post readings into weekly modules so that students can see at a glance what readings they need to do for a given week and assignment. It is also possible to link directly to websites or content in library databases.

If you have any questions about uploading articles and other electronic content into your course shell, please contact us

Course Related Scanning Service

The library will continue to offer faculty a scanning service for course related materials. Faculty may bring items to the library for scanning. Electronic copies will be provided back to faculty for uploading into Brightspace LE by D2L, the campus course management system. Please contact your library reserve specialists to inquire about scanning.

  • Contact: Dave Michael - - or phone 406-994-3139
  • Contact: Stephanie Breen - - or phone 406-994-3139 


Faculty are responsible for ensuring that scanned materials meet the Fair Use criteria as defined by Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976. If you have questions about copying and reuse of course materials, please contact Leila Sterman, Scholarly Communication Librarian (

 More details related to copyright can be found on this library guide