Registered faculty members have borrowing privileges at the Rupert Edwards Library. Detailed information on what you can borrow and for how long can be found on our Loan Policies page.

Course Reserves

A course reserve is a library item (book, sheet music, CD, DVD, personal resource, etc.) that is placed behind the circulation desk and available to patrons in 3 hour periods, usually for the benefit of registered students in a particular class. Usage is restricted to in-library use only for anyone interested. Only the course instructor who initially placed an item on reserve may borrow a course reserve. All course reserve material is labelled with a red dot on its spine or front cover. Course reserves are removed upon completion of the course.

Faculty may request library material be placed on reserve for a particular course. Determining the availabiity of material is decided on a case-by-case basis in discussion with library staff. If the library does not have the required material, a purchase request can be made. The library will make every effort to ensure that purchased course material is available in time for the beginning of class, but cannot guarantee that it will be.

How to request a course reserve:

By Email

  1. Email library staff
  2. Include in your email the following:
  • Title of work
  • Author / composer of work
  • Edition (if applicable)
  • An ISBN or ISMN number, if available
  • Your course name
  • Your course number
  • Your course length (one or two terms)
  • Date item is needed by

In Person

You may also visit the library in person to request a course reserve. Please speak with either the Library Services Assistant or the Library Services Manager.

Through the University of Toronto Libraries

The RCM Library has limited access to the University of Toronto library system. While not recommended, it may be possible to place a U of T item on course reserve at the RCM Library. This option is usually reserved for emergency purposes. Speak to the Library Services Manager on whether this option is available to you.


Fall term requests should take place prior to September of the academic year, and no later than September 15th. Winter term requests should take place no later than the January 2nd.

In the event the library has to purchase material, delays in shipment may occur. For this reason, the library cannot guarantee the timely availability of course reserves.

Course reserve requests are reviewed and approved by the Library Services Manager.


All registered RCM personnel, including faculty, are issued with computer login credentials to access their RCM email account and RCM computers. If you have not yet been issued a username and password, contact the library immediately. Faculty are expected to use their official RCM email account for all RCM-related business. It is your responsibility to regularly check your RCM email or to set-up mail forwarding correctly should you choose to route your RCM emails to an email account of your preference.

Check your RCM email.

Photocopying and Printing

Registered faculty have photocopying and printing privileges at the RCM. To photocopy or scan at a machine, users must have their staff passcard. These passcards are issued by RCM security. If you have not yet received one, contact RCM security immediately. For detailed information on printing and photocopying, see Photocopying and Printing. The library cannot photocopy on behalf of faculty.

To print from a computer, faculty must login to an RCM computer using their RCM login credentials. The library cannot provide access to computers on behalf of faculty.

I'm an RCM faculty member. How to place a course reserve? How do I print and photocopy?