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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Course Reserves

To place material on reserve, please complete the Course Reserve Request form.

Alternatives to print textbooks and other print materials

As long as the Library is open to the Ontario Tech community, we will continue to place print copies of textbooks and other print resources on reserve, available for one or three-day loan. If an ebook version is preferred, the Library will make every effort to purchase e-book versions of textbooks for the reserve collection, however, this is often not an option due to cost and publisher restrictions on e-book sales to libraries.

If the Library is unable to purchase an e-book version of a requested course reserve title, please notify us if you wish us to pursue one or more of the following alternatives:

  • Scanning individual chapters (subject to copyright guidelines) and posting them for online access.
  • Having the Library purchase an available ebook (that is not a commercial textbook) in your subject area.
  • Adopting an open educational resource (OER). OERs are freely available educational materials that are openly licensed to allow for re-use and modification. Using OERs ensures that students have free and unrestricted access to their course textbook on the first day of class.

Questions? Please see additional information for faculty and students in the adjacent tabs.

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How to place an item on Reserve

You can place physical items (books, articles, DVDs/CDs) on reserve at any Ontario Tech Library for a 1 day or 3 day loan period. You may place existing library materials on reserve, as well as your own personal materials. You can also place electronic items from the Ontario Tech Library on reserve.

Please fill in a reserve request form. Please allow one week for the processing of reserve requests.

If you would like to order an item for reserve which is not a personal copy or is not in the Library collection, please submit your requests to our Subject Librarians.

Only current Ontario Tech students, faculty, and staff can access reserve material.

How to build course reading lists in Canvas

Leganto is a course reading list tool integrated into the Canvas LMS. It allows instructors and library staff to collaboratively create and manage course reading lists that include books, ebooks and articles owned by the Library, as well as videos, web resources and much more. For more information, see the guide below or contact your Subject Librarian.


The Library’s Reserve system complies with copyright law. Consult the Reserves Coordinator concerning restrictions on both hard copy and electronic reserve items.

For more information regarding copyright issues, see the Copyright Guide on the library's website.

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How to find an item on Reserve

To ensure more equitable access to high-demand items, instructors may place items "on reserve" in any Ontario Tech library. “On reserve” items are physical or electronic items put aside for short term loans. Items will be designated as 1 day loans, or 3 day loans by an instructor.

Only current Ontario Tech students, faculty, and staff can access Reserve material.

Course Reserves in the Library

If your instructor placed books or other materials on reserve in the Library, you can search for them using Omni Search on the Library’s homepage.

Search for Course Reserves in Omni

In the Omni search box, select Course Reserves from the drop down menu, and search by course code, course name or instructor.  All this information is available on the course syllabus or outline, or in your MyCampus course schedule. You can filter results by course name or instructor.

Course Reserves in Canvas

Your instructor may be using Leganto Course Readings to put your course reserves into Canvas. If they are using Leganto for your course reserves, you will be able to find them in your Canvas course website. Look for the Leganto Course Readings link under the course navigation menu.

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