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Course Reserves

"Course Reserves" are items requested by instructors, so they are readily available to students in their courses.

  • Normally, these are course readings that support a course, but that are not included in required textbooks. However, instructors are welcome to provide a copy of the course text, if they choose to.
  • In most cases, these items are only available to Trent students, faculty, and staff.
  • Materials are currently restricted to physical items kept behind the Service Desk on short-term loan. In the future, Omni will allow us to link to on online material as well.
  • Course instructors determine what goes on Reserve and whether it has a 3-hour or 2-night loan period.
  • Since this material is often in high demand, high fines are charged on overdue items.


Finding Course Reserves
Use the search box at the top of any library page to search Omni.


Select Course Reserves from the drop-down menu.

  • This menu may not appear until you enter some text.

Enter whatever information you have for searching: a title (or words from the title), course name, course code, department code, instructor name.

When you search Omni's Course Reserves , you find a list of all material on Reserve that matches your search.

screenshot of reserves filters


Filter your results by your choice of:

  • instructor name (first or last);
  • course code & name;
  • course code; or
  • course name.

Once you find the item you need, get the call number and ask for it at the Service Desk.

  • All items are shelved by call number, so we need the call number to find it.


Further Information about Course Reserves