Basic Functions

All JHU instructors have access to a special service from the library called ARES/e-Reserves. The Library Reserves Team can be contacted with the bibliography, page numbers, course number (e.g. AS.400.000.81.FA14) and other key information relating to your content. The library team will create access to assigned course materials within your course for the coming semester. The library will directly link these materials within a tab of your online course so that your students can access the materials during the term.

Important Information & Policies

Text Materials

There are some guidelines on the materials that are eligible for eReserve treatment. Journal articles and limited book content, and other materials are typically eligible. However, there are some limitations. For example, an entire textbook or book cannot be scanned. The library can scan 15% or less of a book; modest amounts above this 15% fair use threshold may be eligible for a permissions query through the Copyright Clearance Center. Where available, the library will provide access to an ebook edition.


  • Journal Articles
  • Books (fair use allows 15%)
  • eBooks
  • Instructor-authored works with documentation of permissions
  • NGO, non-profit, and other open access documents (with considerations)

Not Eligible

  • Books that are required for student purchase
  • Entire books
  • Corporation owned documents and materials

Multimedia Materials

If you would like to show movies in your online class, the library may be able to obtain access; however, these permissions usually take longer and may not always be available depending on the title. Please contact the Reserve Team regarding your specific requests well before the term (at least 3 months prior) to see what is possible.


  • Feature Films available on Swank
  • Non-feature films where permission can be obtained (3 months prior to the start of the term to allow time for permission clearing and streaming set up)
  • Links to vetted, open-source streaming materials (e.g. Youtube, Vimeo)

Not eligible to upload to the class:

  • Permission attained artwork (especially museum owned)
  • Images owned by private companies
  • Unsourced images
  • Any “open source” video without review or approval

For more information, please visit the JHU Library eReserves Website.

How It‘s Used

New Course or courses that have not used eReserves/ARES

Instructors can request materials to be added to their online course 2 months prior to the term start. Later submissions may be accommodated, and readings will be added in order of assignment if possible. If the course is new or has not used e-Reserves/ARES in the past, please email with the below information.

Key Information for Submission

Include all of the following elements in your request to obtain access to the materials in your course

  • Course Code (e.g. AS.400.000.81.FA19)
  • Week/dates of readings
  • Bibliographic citations of the readings (specifying pages and/or chapters)
  • Bibliographic citations of media (including YouTube links)
  • Any additional questions or comments about your list

Courses that have used e-Reserves/ARES in the past

If the course has used e-Reserves/ARES in the past, please email to ask them to use the list from previous last course. Please ensure to provide the full course code including the section number (e.g. AS.400.000.81.FA14) of the previous course and course you where you would like to have the list for this term. You can also send them citations of additional readings that you would like to have added (by including all the components listed above). The Reserves Team can reactivate the list and obtain the permissions for the additional readings so they will show up for students in your new Blackboard course.