About Textbooks/Reserves

We are happy to assist faculty with placing course materials on reserve for student use. Reserve items may include books, personal copies, articles, streaming media, and other course-related materials.

Submit your online reserve request

E-Books and Streaming Media Reserves

UTSA Libraries’ policy first seeks out an online option for course reserves when available. This includes items such as e-books, e-textbooks, streaming films, and other course materials. We have a robust collection of licensed films and e-books that are ready to use. Our staff can link the material to your Blackboard course page.

Faculty should submit course reserve requests for any e-book or streaming film. Since database content changes frequently, the library will need to verify access before you intend to use it.

More info on requesting streaming media

Print Textbooks and DVD Reserves

UTSA Libraries has a selection of print textbooks on reserve. Primarily we carry textbooks required for lower-division, high-enrollment classes with higher-cost textbooks. Faculty can also bring copies of textbooks to be placed on reserve for classes.

Reserves are supplemental course materials that are chosen by faculty for students in their classes. Reserves can be borrowed for 2 hours (books) or 4 hours (DVDs) with a checkout limit of three items at one time. Reserves are only available for currently enrolled UTSA students, faculty, and staff.

Textbooks on reserve are not intended to take the place of students purchasing textbooks for their courses. Due to budget limitations, we are unable to purchase textbooks for every course. Items that cannot be placed on reserve include:

  • Materials that belong to other institutions (For example, books received through interlibrary loan)
  • Copied movies without consent of the copyright holder
  • Rare or very fragile items
  • Photocopies of entire books

Overdue Fines

2 hour and 4 hour reserve items: $1/hour, maximum $30

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Using open educational resources or other affordable textbooks? Report them to increase transparency for our UTSA Roadrunners. When registering for courses, students can apply the Low-Cost Textbook filter in the UTSA course search. Not sure if your class should be reported? Check the FAQ or email oer@utsa.edu.

Contact Us

If you need assistance with course reserves, please contact (210) 458-4574 or libreserve@utsa.edu.


We rely on fair use when making decisions about course reserves. In determining whether the use of a work is considered fair use, the factors we consider include:

  • the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for non-profit educational purposes
  • the nature of the copyrighted work
  • the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
  • the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.