Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

e-Reserves: How to Request

Requesting Electronic Course Resource Support

The library will continue to offer an electronic course resource support model to provide students with safe and equitable access to the materials they need for their courses. The library will work with you to make course materials available via Leganto/Moodle to provide electronic access for your students. In some cases, availability or copyright restrictions may not permit us to place electronic resources in Leganto or Moodle. In those cases, we are happy to assist you with finding alternatives.

To provide sufficient time to process a streaming request, we ask that faculty submit requests ten days before it is needed for class use. Submissions will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Books Book Chapters & Articles Film and Audio

Complete the Library Material Request form to request the library identify or purchase an eBook to make available to all students

Complete the Book Chapter & Article Request form to request a digital scan of a book chapter or article through InterlibraryLoan/Document Delivery. 

Complete the Film & Audio Request form to request a streaming version of a film or piece of audio.

Suggest a Purchase*
(select e-Book under preferred format)

What to Expect

  • Library staff will check holdings and purchase options for a multi-user eBook
  • You have the additional option of requesting the library add the eBook to a Course reading list, which is discoverable in the catalog and searchable via Moodle
  • If a multi-user eBook is unavailable, we will contact you and recommend requesting select chapters from the book

Book Chapter & Article Request 

What to Expect

  • Library staff will either scan sections from materials in the library or request them from another library
    • Can typically request ~3 chapters from a book
  • Once the request is complete, library staff will send you a link
  • Faculty will be responsible for sharing the link with students and addressing any copyright considerations

Video Digitization Requests

What to Expect

  • Library staff will explore whether we have the film or audio available streaming or if it can be legally digitized for your course
  • If the request can be filled, library staff will send a link to the streaming video for your course in Moodle.

Please note, if a DVD must be purchased to fulfill the streaming request, this will prolong the processing time.

Est. Service Time

eBook: 2-3 Days
Physical Book: 2-4 Weeks

Est. Service Time

Book Chapter: 2-3 Days
Article: 2-3 Days

Est. Service Times

Streaming: 3-5 Days
Digitization: 2-4 Weeks

* Please note that you will need to sign in to your Google account in order to access these forms.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I know if my course readings are covered by Davidson's annual Copyright Clearance license?

You can search the Copyright Clearance Center's RightFind Academic database to check for copyright permissions ( If you have not used this service before, select "Register Your Account" and use your email address to create an account. After signing in, you can search for publications by title or ISSN/ISBN to confirm copyright permissions. A green checkmark next to "Digital Sharing" indicates that the resource can be used for electronic reserves. Library staff can assist with copyright questions

Additional Copyright Information (


2. I need a multi-user e-textbook for my course, can the library purchase a license for my students?

The library is committed to providing affordable and equitable access to resources for students. Unfortunately, many of the major textbook publishers including Pearson, Cengage, McGraw Hill, Houghton, and others, do not provide e-textbook purchasing options for libraries. Instead, they require that students purchase their textbooks through the college bookstore or from another vendor. There are other options available in place of traditional textbooks including book chapters (to a limited extent), adopting alternate texts already owned by the library, and adopting Open Access resources (OA) or Open Education Resources (OER). If you have questions regarding alternate texts, please email

Open Access Resources (
Remote Learning & Teaching Guide (

Reserves and Digitization Policies

Questions? Need help? Ask Us
Davidson College Library, Box 7200, 209 Ridge Rd., Davidson, NC 28035-7200
Creative Commons license logo for CC by-sa 4.0
This Davidson College Library Research Guides are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
All box-title icons from Entypo pictograms by Daniel Bruce —