University of Connecticut

Course Reserves

Physical Reserves

Physical reserves for the Storrs campus, including the materials for music classes, are kept on the Plaza Level of the Homer Babbidge Library. School of Pharmacy course materials are kept at the Pharmacy Library. Regional Campus course materials are located at the regional campus’ library. Contact regional campus staff for details.

Items obtained via ILL may not be placed on Reserve unless they are from a UConn Library.
Requests submitted less than two weeks before the start of the semester and two weeks into the semester may be delayed due to the volume of requests.

Placing Physical Materials Owned by The UConn Library on Reserve

  • Place book & media requests Course Reserve Request Form.
  • Once your request has been processed, your materials can be viewed via the Course Reserve tab in the libraries general search.
  • To ensure media on Reserve is available on a specific date, viewing date(s) must be noted on the Reserve Request form. You may charge the item out up to one day before the viewing date. Note that students, TA’s, or colleagues must be registered as your Proxy Patron to pick up the media in your stead. To reserve a group viewing space, complete the Video Theater Online Booking Form. Regional campus faculty should contact appropriate campus reserve staff.
  • Instruct students to give the item’s call number (provided via the Course Reserve tab) to staff at the circulation desk when requesting an item on reserve.

Reusing materials from previous courses.

  • The library has retained the lists of all physical items placed on reserve for the past four years. Fill out the appropriate information on the Reserve Request form and library staff will restore the course. There is no need to re-enter requests for physical material used in the past four years.

Placing Personal Copies of Books, DVDs, and CDs on Reserve

  • Personal items are placed on Reserve at the owner’s risk. Although we make every effort to protect all Reserve materials, the Library cannot replace items mutilated or lost.
  • We will attach book pockets and barcodes to your personal items.
  • Please drop off your personal copies at the iDesk on the Plaza level of the Homer Babbidge Library or at the Circulation Desk of your Regional Campus Library.
  • Please contact Library Reserve staff if you have other types of personally owned material you wish to put on Reserve to see if the request can be accommodated.

Regarding DVD’s/VHS

  • VHS/DVD’s placed on Reserve for specific dates remains on Reserve until finals are over.
  • Email with viewing dates for the new semester to ensure your material will be there on that day(s).

The UConn Library does not purchase materials for course reserves. Instructors are encouraged to draw course materials from the Library’s physical or online collections or from the many open education resources now readily available.

Linking to Electronic Materials

Starting Spring semester 2017, instructors provide direct links to Library resources from HuskyCT. Learn more about the eReserve transition

Creating links to online resources within HuskyCT rather than uploading PDFs is one way to ensure compliance with copyright law.

Creating Stable Links to Journal Articles

Use the Stable Linking to Electronic Resources guide to find instructions for specific databases.  

For a general overview of creating links or for resources not included in the Stable Linking guide, follow the steps below.

Find a stable link (permalink) or DOI for the article

Locate the database-provided permalink or DOI (Digital Object Identifier). Permalinks may be identified through a variety of names:

  • Permalink
  • Stable URL
  • Document URL
  • Persistent URL

Paste the permalink after the equal sign in the box below, then copy the entire contents of the box. Add the full link to HuskyCT.  Users will be prompted to log in with their NetID through the NetID Single Sign On, ensuring access when off campus. 

Note: A small number of databases embed the NetID Single Sign On within the URL.  If the link contains, delete that portion of the URL before pasting it in the box below. For example, should be

If there is no permalink, look for the article’s DOI (Digital Object Identifier). An article’s DOI can be found either in a database or through Crossref. Paste the DOI after the final slash in the box below, then copy the entire contents of the box. Add the full link to HuskyCT.  Users will be prompted to log in with their NetID through the NetID Single Sign On, ensuring access when off campus. 

Note: The DOI will only work for articles that are part of the Library’s subscriptions. DOIs for non-subscribed articles will usually return only an abstract of the article.

**To confirm the link is stable, we recommend you test the completed link in a different browser.


Special Note:  Harvard Business Review

Harvard Business Review is available via EBSCO’s Business Source Complete. HBR Publishing has a strict license agreement which prohibits downloading and direct linking.  To provide access to HBR articles, provide students with the citation and a link to Business Source Complete (;go) where they can search for the article.  Alternately, you may request an article be scanned from the print HBR, which can then be uploaded to HuskyCT. 

The Library does not subscribe to the HBR Case database and cannot provide access to cases. 


Permalink button

Locate the permalink for the eBook or online video within the Library’s General Search

Add the link to HuskyCT

Permalinks take students to the item record in General Search, where they will find a link to the eBook or video.  This extra step ensures the stability of the links over time.



  • Contact Ask a Librarian for assistance
  • Check our guides on finding eBooks and online videos in the Library’s General Search
  • Windows users should use Windows media player to view the streams; Macintosh users should use the free VLC Video Player
  • Do not use remote desktop, Skybox, or the VPN to view videos as they may degrade performance or not play at all.
  • Server may not be available from 3-5 a.m. each night due to scheduled system maintenance.
  • Determine if your selection complies with copyright and fair use by following these steps.  See also General Copyright Guidelines.
  • Scan your selection, including the title page and the page with the copyright symbol. Scanners are available for use in the library. If the material is owned by the Library, you can request Scan on Demand to scan the chapters for you. Scan on Demand is also available for articles in print journals owned by the Library.
  • Scanned items can then be added to HuskyCT

Special Exceptions

  • Personal copies must be owned in their original format, i.e. you own a legal copy of a book or are a subscriber to the journal. Possession of a photocopy (e.g., through Interlibrary Loan, borrowed or photocopied from another library’s holdings or from a colleague) does not constitute ownership in the original format.
  • Student papers must be accompanied by a signed release form.

Ask a Librarian or subject specialists can provide assistance with locating stable links.

Educational Technologies can provide assistance with building content in HuskyCT (Blackboard).