Please read our FAQ for online textbooks/reserves for this academic year.

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 (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.  

Overdue Fines

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

Did you know?

UTSA Libraries has a grant program for faculty that adopt free and low-cost learning materials called "Adopt-a Free-Textbook."  You can view the complete list of classes that have been awarded through the program here. You can also use the "Low Cost Textbook" (LCTB) filter in the course search to identify classes using low-cost learning materials.


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. 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.

If you need assistance placing items on reserve or digitizing materials for Blackboard, please contact us:

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

Items that cannot be placed on reserve include:

  • materials that belong to other institutions, e.g., books received through interlibrary loan
  • copied movies without consent of the copyright holder
  • rare or very fragile items
  • photocopies of entire books

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. 

Please allow library staff 2-3 days to process this sort of request.


    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.


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