Course Reserves

For Students


Course readings assigned by faculty members are organized and available from the library as follows:

Course Reserves - Print and electronic copies of required textbooks for nearly all courses, as well as assigned supplemental readings in print format, are available via the Course Reserves module and are searchable by instructor or course. These items are located at the circulation desk on Level 1 and are available to check out for a period of four hours. Course reserves may also be searched via CONSORT by instructor or course.

Electronic readings and other online media assigned by faculty and submitted to the library are also available through the Course Reserves system. If a password is required for access to these materials, you must obtain it from your instructor.

Moodle - This is the learning management system of Kenyon faculty, administered and maintained by the Center for Innovative Pedagogy, where they may post links to available course readings. Your Kenyon credentials are required for access.


For Faculty


Faculty Course Reserves Request Form

The library will accommodate requests for materials to be placed on course reserve so long as they comply with U.S. copyright law and in particular, the standards of fair use which allows for the partial use of copyrighted materials for educational purposes. The easiest way to comply with fair use standards is to select materials for course reserve from one of the library's over 300 research databases which include numerous articles, ebooks, streaming video options, and more.

If you you are requesting materials to be placed on course reserve for which no link from our databases exists and you need help determining whether the work meets fair use standards, the Fair Use Evaluator tool from the American Library Association is an excellent resource to guide your decision making. If the materials you would like to place on reserve fall outside of fair use guidelines and you still wish to use them, it is the faculty member's responsibility to obtain permission from the legal rights holder.

The library will post successful faculty course reserve requests to its course reserves system upon request. Faculty who choose to manage their own Moodle course pages should use the Fair Use Evaluator tool to evaluate scanned material for copyright compliance.

In addition to our own materials, printed media from the three other CONSORT colleges (Denison University, Ohio Wesleyan University, and the College of Wooster) may be placed on reserve at Kenyon, and the library will request materials from their libraries to scan for use as electronic course readings. Due to courier delays, please allow a lead time of one to two weeks for items to arrive from other CONSORT libraries and to be processed to go on reserve at Kenyon. 

Audio Visual Course Reserves


Kenyon subscribes to several video streaming resources, which can be browsed from the library's A-to-Z database list, or use K Search to look for films by title or subject and limit results by content type to Video/Movies (streaming). DVDs from Kenyon's collection may be placed on course reserve. It is not possible to place on course reserve any audio-visual material owned by other CONSORT libraries. To submit reserve requests for audio-visual material, please email Graham Coursey (

Films for which Kenyon has streaming availability may be used for in-classroom instruction or for supplemental viewing outside of class. Many streaming titles may also be used for non-commercial, public screenings on Kenyon's campus. For more information, visit Kenyon's guide to public performance rights or contact Graham Coursey.

Textbook Equity Program


The library's Textbook Equity Program provides copies of nearly all required textbooks (excepting workbooks and eBooks requiring codes) on reserve in the library either in physical format or eBook version where available. For students, this means a majority of their required textbooks are available to check out for a period of four hours at a time (and may be renewed once if no one is waiting for it). Chalmers Library collaborates with the Kenyon Bookstore to make this happen each semester and therefore, faculty do not need to submit requests for these materials to be placed on reserve. Textbooks placed on reserve can be viewed in the Course Reserves module.