The Library is pleased to provide course materials like textbooks for some Caltech courses through our Course Reserves service.
Check out physical reserves like books for three hours from the Sherman Fairchild Library and the Geology Library in North Mudd.
Log in to Canvas to view and access ebooks, selected book chapters, films, and other electronic material.
Browse and view purchase options for course material on eCampus, Caltech's online bookstore.
Students: Submit your syllabus and Caltech Library will make the material available for free via Canvas or at the Sherman Fairchild Library.
Faculty and staff: No required course books this term? Please fill out our staff Course Reserves form so we can let your students know.
One challenge the Library confronted in the fall of 2020 was how to allow faculty to include physical books in their course reserves. If patrons weren’t able to access the library to read the books, how could they be included in the course curricula? Enter controlled digital lending.
According to the Position Statement on Controlled Digital Lending by Libraries—based on research by attorney and law librarian Michelle Wu, who later won an Internet Archive Hero Award for her work—controlled digital lending has three core principles:
When the Digital Library Development (DLD) team, led by Stephen Davison, first considered controlled digital lending, they “found no suitable off-the-shelf system that could provide access to digitized publications in a manner that mimics the loaning of legally purchased materials.” So starting in early 2021, the DLD team began to design and build the Caltech Library’s new digital borrowing system, affectionately known as DIBS. Read more.
Check out our Course Reserves FAQs for deadlines and more.