Teaching Continuity at Caltech  /  Electronic Course Reserves

Electronic Course Reserves via Moodle or Other Sites

Fall 2020 Library Course Materials Updates:

  • Adopt-a-Text is now closed for Fall 2020.
  • If you haven't submitted your textbook(s) or need to edit your current requests, please contact us at library@caltech.edu, and we are be happy to help you. 
  • For Fall 2020, the Library is providing digital course reserves via Canvas.  Please contact digitalreserves@caltech.edu with any questions or requests.
  • Any courses requiring physical reserves should contact the Library at adoptatext@caltech.edu.  Upon request physical reserves will circulate from Sherman Fairchild Library only. Course reserve materials will circulate for 24 hours and then remain quarantined for 24 hours upon return. If you need your materials to circulate longer than 24 hours, please contact us at adoptatext@caltech.edu.

Course Reserves via Adopt-a-text.

  • To request electronic course reserves of books, please log in to Adopt-a-text; email adoptatext@caltech.edu with any questions.
  • For assigned articles and other non-book materials, please email library@caltech.edu.

Since physical books on course reserve will be unavailable to students studying from home, the Library will attempt to acquire a digital copy whenever possible. When none is available for purchase, the Library will digitize material for use as a digital course reserve.

Library staff will be in touch to check which portions of books are necessary for the course. The Library's scanning capacity is limited, so adoption of existing digital resources is strongly encouraged where possible. For that reason, and to comply with copyright law, please do not request greater portions than are necessary for your educational goals.

Digitized material will be hosted by the Library. When content is ready, the Library will send you a URL to share with your class. You will also receive a password that students will need for file access. At the end of the quarter, the Library will delete all scanned copyrighted material unless it has obtained permission from the copyright holder to retain it.

There will be no charge for the use of this service.


How to Adopt Required Textbooks and Library Reserve Materials for Fall Classes

Video | Slides

This recording provides details about the Caltech Library's plans for supporting Fall term teaching. It will discuss options available for instructors to make required and optional course materials available to students, both in digital and physical form. Specifically, historical student use of reserves, copyright policy around digital reserves, and textbook purchasing options will be discussed. Texts required for classes are due into the Library's Adopt-A-Text system by August 17th (and reserve materials by August 24th), so this session is intended to help instructors make appropriate requests for course materials. A demonstration of Adopt-A-Text will be given, along with a brief overview of other Library support services for teaching.