Textbooks/Course Reserves for Students

About Course Reserves

UTSA Libraries is proud to support student success by providing course readings as a collection of e-textbooks and print reserves to ease the cost of textbooks for student Roadrunners. Course reserves for UTSA courses are available at the library in digital or print format. While the Libraries prioritize the purchase of online books over hard copies, the format available to us is dependent on the institutional access model set by the publisher.

Please note that e-textbooks on course reserves do not include individual access codes and supplementary only study tools. The Libraries will not have textbooks for every UTSA course. Library copies of textbooks are available for the benefit of all enrolled students in a course. Course reserves are limited to a 2-hour checkout.


  1. Search by course, instructor, or title in the search box below, or search Library Quick Search from the library website using the Textbooks/Reserves tab.
  2. Don’t see your textbook? Ask your professor to request a library copy.

Access by Type

There are many types of course readings and reserves available to students. The table below outlines the types of readings/course reserves and how you can access them.





Academic books and textbooks in online format. Please be aware that some ebooks cannot be licensed for unlimited simultaneous use.


Print Reserves   

Print copies of textbooks. Search by course, instructor, or title in the search box above to find the call number, or ask Front Desk staff for assistance. Show your UTSA ID at the JPL or DT Library Front Desk to check out. Print reserves have a 2 hour checkout.  

JPL or DT Library   

Front Desk  

Digital Reserves

Digital reserves are e-books that can be read online but not copied, printed, or downloaded. Each book can be checked out for 2 hours by one user at a time. Students are placed on a waitlist for high demand titles.


Reading List

The Library Reading List is a Canvas tool that faculty use to add online readings and print reserves in a course. If your course has a Reading List, you can access your reading list in Canvas. Don’t see readings in your course? Use Library Quick Search!

Canvas/Library Quick Search

Streaming Media Streaming videos or audio tracks can be linked in your course, or you can find them in Library QuickSearch Library QuickSearch

Borrowing & Overdue Fines

Checkout limit for hard copy reserve items is 3 items per user, and they can only be borrowed by currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff.

Item Type

Checkout Time


Maximum Charge


2 hours



Media (DVDs, CDs, etc.)

4 hours