We’re updating our reserves request system. The former submission button will be retired on November 30. Please review the Quick Start Guide for our new submission system to place future reserves requests.

New tool for Faculty -

Library Reading List is a self-service and interactive tool that allows you to build and manage your own course reserves and reading lists.

With Library Reading List you can add any resource with a URL including books, e-books, articles, websites, videos, and podcasts to your course reserves. An added bonus of this tool gives you the ability to incorporate and communicate with students via tags, notes, and due dates. It is also easily accessible and easy to use on mobile devices.

Download our Quick Start Guide to learn more about Library Reading List. Please feel free to manage your reading list as needed and let us know if you have any questions. The first 75 faculty to show us that they have adopted this new tool and created their own reading and resource lists will receive a Classroom Success Pack. Email libreserve@utsa.edu when your reading list is ready.

About Textbooks/Reserves

We’re happy to help faculty place course materials on reserve, including library books, personal copies, articles, streaming media, and more. Use the self-service Library Reading List tool in Blackboard to build and manage your own course reserves reading lists.

Submit your online reserve request

E-Books and Streaming Media Reserves

Our purchasing policy first seeks an available online option.  We own a robust collection of licensed films and e-books that are ready to use. Staff can link the material to your Blackboard course page. Faculty should submit reserve requests for any e-book or streaming film. Since database content changes frequently, the library will need to verify access before you use it.

More info on requesting streaming media

Print Textbooks and DVD Reserves

We carry many textbooks required for high-enrollment classes with expensive textbooks. These can be borrowed for 2 hours (books) or 4 hours (DVDs) with a checkout limit of three items at one time. Only currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff may borrow them.
Items that cannot be placed on reserve include:

  • Materials belonging to another library (e.g., books borrowed from another library)
  • Copied movies without consent of the copyright holder
  • Rare or very fragile items

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 or No-Cost Textbook filters in the UTSA course search. For assistance, please check the FAQ or email oer@utsa.edu.

Digital Reserves

Our purchasing policy first seeks an available online option. Students can access digitized versions of print textbooks on the library website. Not every item can be made available digitally. Print textbooks will be placed on Digital Reserves at the discretion of library staff, after evaluating available access options from the publisher. Only faculty may submit requests for print books to be placed on Digital Reserves.

Digital textbooks are available for the same checkout period as their print counterparts. We limit access to one student at a time, and students will be placed on a waitlist if there is high demand for the same book. Once we digitize an item, we email faculty a permalink to the book to be placed on Blackboard. Digital textbooks can be found in the Library Quick Search.


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 use is of a commercial or non-profit educational nature
  • 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.

To stay in compliance with U.S. copyright law, digital reserve books may not be printed, downloaded, or shared with others.

Contact Us

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