About Textbooks/Reserves

UTSA Libraries has a selection of 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, 4 hours, overnight, or 2 days (decided by the instructor) and a checkout limit of three items. 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.  

Did you know?

UTSA is a member of OpenStax, a national initiative that having an impact on the high cost of textbooks by providing low-cost alternatives to textbooks. These open educational resources (OER) are freely accessible online teaching and learning materials that can include videos, textbooks, quizzes, learning modules and more. Universities across the country are investigating the adoption of OER textbooks to make higher education more affordable for students. 

Overdue Fines

2 hour, 4 hour, or overnight reserve items: $.05/minute, maximum $60


Submit your course reserve request

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

Books and media items placed on reserve are held at the library's front desk for students to check out.  Students can lookup these reserve items by searching the library's catalog by course name and number, name of department, or by the name of the instructor.

Journal articles, book chapters and other course reserve materials that can be digitized are placed on electronic reserve (e-reserve). Students can access e-reserve material via links on Blackboard course pages.

Requesting Course Reserves

Simply submit our course reserve request form to indicate the materials you would like us to place on reserve for the upcoming semester.

If you are a new faculty member and don't yet have a myUTSA ID, please contact us to arrange for your course reserves:

  • (210) 458-4574 - John Peace Library
  • (210) 458-2440 - Downtown Campus Library
  • libreserve@utsa.edu

Personal Copies

If you would like to place a personal copy of an item on reserve, we will be happy to pick up the item from your office. Please email us to arrange for a pick up. Upon request, we will return the material to your office at the end of the semester.

Linking E-Reserve Materials to Blackboard Course Pages

If you wish to have a library-owned article or book chapter placed on e-reserve, we will create a direct link to the resource on your Blackboard course page (dependent on licensing agreements).  

If you provide photocopies of journal articles, lecture notes, or other class materials, we can scan and link the material to your Blackboard course page. If you have not yet created your course page, we can create one and place the links.  You are also welcome to email personal copies of articles or other materials to us as attachments. 

Typically e-reserve links on Blackboard take only a few days to create.

Items that cannot be placed on reserve include:

  • materials that belong to other institutions. No items borrowed through interlibrary loan can be placed on reserve
  • copied movies cannot be placed on reserve without consent of the copyright holder
  • rare or very fragile items
  • photocopies of entire books


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.


Reserve requests may be submitted at any time. Please allow at least five working days to process your request. During peak times, we receive over 50 requests a day. If you need the reserve materials ready at the beginning of a semester, please submit your request prior to the semester's start. 


Contact us at libreserve@utsa.edu or (210) 458-4574.