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Course Reserves: e-Reserves

Information on the electronic and print materials that are put on reserve for various course required reading lists

What are e-Reserves?

e-Reserves, short for Electronic Reserves, are course readings and materials that are digitized and made available online to students enrolled in an academic course.  Students can find, view, download, and print these materials anytime they choose.


Accessing e-Reserves

Access to e-Reserves is managed through the College's Blackboard system.  Please log into Blackboard using your username and password in order to view items your professors have placed on e-Reserves.


Click here to enter Blackboard



Submitting e-Reserves Material

The Naval War College Library uses the Ares e-Reserves system to manage both print and electronic reserves materials.  Please follow the instructions below to submit materials to be placed on reserve.


1.  Getting Started

Plan Ahead!

Due to the volume of material placed on reserves, the Library cannot offer same day or rush requests for placing items on reserves.

The Reserves Coordinator will process all reserve requests.  Reserve items are processed during office hours which are:

Monday -  Friday  8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Requests for material to be placed on reserve should be made two weeks before the material will be needed.

Make sure your material is on reserve before making assignments.


2. Placing Material on Reserve

The process for placing items on Reserve is:

  • First, be sure that your course is already set up in Blackboard prior to requesting items to be placed on reserve
  • Complete the Reserves Request Form for each item in Blackboard


3. What May be Placed on Reserve

  • Journal articles in print
  • Book chapters
  • Class materials such as notes, practice exams, assignments, etc.
  • Other print materials that meet copyright guidelines


‚ÄčPlease note:  Electronic items that are available through the library's subscription electronic resources DO NOT need to be submitted through the e-Reserves system. Course instructors may choose to simply embed the hyperlinks into the course syllabus within the Blackboard system.  Click here to learm more about PURLs.


4. Student Access to e-Reserves Content

  • Once all material is submitted into the e-Reserves system, faculty must then activate the e-Reserves link on their Blackboard page and also set up the student access to the course. These instructions must be followed even if faculty do not plan to actively use Blackboard. Students gain access by logging into Blackboard and selecting the course. If they use the URL they will be CAC authenticated to gain access to the readings page. 

Reserves Contact Information

Course Reserves is a unit of the Information and Access Services Department.  Staff may be contacted at the Service Desk in the library if you need assistance.



(401) 841-6512


Copyright & Fair Use Guidelines for Electronic Course Content