Managing Library Reserves

Beginning Spring 2019

Current Procedures 

Effective through Spring 2020

What is Library Reserves?

Library Reserves now provides instructors an easy way of creating, accessing, and managing course resources. Instructors can build, maintain, and share reading lists that include all material types such as books, articles, and media. 

Powered by Leganto, a customizable course readings platform, you can access and edit your redesigned Library Reserves lists at or through Cougar Courses.

Faculty Benefits

  • Create dynamic reading lists gathered from a range of sources including the Library collection, internet, and multimedia resources
  • Annotate citations to provide students with notes 
  • Easily manage and update resources for all your classes
  • View student engagement through the number of views and likes for citations
  • Easily customize sections and citations

Student Benefits

  • Library reserve material can now be accessed through Cougar Courses 
  • View due back times for physical reserves 
  • View due dates for sections and citations
  • Students can keep track of readings by marking them as 'Read' 

Instructor Manual for Managing your Library Reserves

This downloadable PDF manual includes step-by-step instruction on how to use Library Reserves for CSUSM. 

Instructor Manual for Managing your Library Reserves

You can also access training videos from ExLibris here (please note that not all features in the videos are available in CSUSM's version of this product). 


Do I have to use the new Library Reserves tool to manage my reserves?

Through Spring 2020, you do not have to use the Library Reserves tool in order to place materials on reserves. You can still use the previous way of placing materials on reserves by completing the appropriate forms: 

Physical Reserves Form

Electronic Reserves Form 

Faculty can also use the Library Reserves tool to submit reserve requests or email for assistance. 
















Need more help?

If you would like one-on-one training on using Library Reserves or have questions, please contact

For Faculty
Who to Contact
Library Reserves
(760) 750-8363
Kelly Ann Sam
Library Services Specialist
(760) 750-4369