Course Reserves and Access to Textbooks

Are you concerned about the high cost of textbooks? So are we.
Course Reserves , Open Access to Textbooks for Students (OATS), and Electronic Access to Textbooks for Students (EATS) are all great ways to provide students with free access to assigned and supplemental course materials.
Course Reserves are course-specific materials provided to the Library by Cal Poly instructors for their courses. They can be both print and digital.
OATS and EATS are physical and electronic resources selected by the library to provide course support for popular lower-division courses.

If you haven’t done so already, please consider putting a copy of your course materials on reserve.


Finding / accessing reserve materials

  1. physical copies of materials (books, textbooks, etc) from the Circulation Desk
    • Search PolyCat
      Use your course number or your instructor’s name to find out what materials are reserved for your class.
    • Pick up at the Circulation Desk
      Course reserve materials are available for checkout at the Circulation desk with a valid Cal Poly I.D.
  2. electronic copies (e.g. PDFs) from PolyLearn

Finding / accessing OATS materials


More questions?

Read the checkout guidelines for checkout and return times as well as possible fines.


Submitting Materials

Library materials or personal copies of faculty’s materials can be placed on reserve for student use.

Need help finding relevant library materials for your course? Your College Librarian is happy to help.

Examples of materials that can be placed on reserve by faculty request:

  • Books/eBooks
  • Book/eBook chapters
  • Articles
  • Short stories, essays, poems
  • Graphs, charts, pictures, cartoons
  • Audio or video material

If requested materials are in the Kennedy Library’s subscribed electronic journals or books, we will link to the electronic version in accordance with any licensing allowances.

More questions?

See the submission guidelines.

Ready to put materials on reserve?

Fill out the Course Reserves submission form.

Discover EATS textbooks for your courses

The library holdings include a number of e-textbooks, one of which may be appropriate for your course.

Search for EATS textbooks in PolyCat