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Course Reserves & TIP FAQ: Fall 2020

Information about the Libraries' course reserves service and MIT's TIP (Textbook Information Provisioning) service

Changes to the Course Reserves Service for Fall 2020

Because of the unprecedented disruption of COVID-19 for MIT’s Fall semester, significant changes have been made to the course reserves service to better support the largely online environment. Please find more information on these changes on this page and our guide to electronic resources general collection here.

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Submit your reserves

Submit course reserve and textbook information via the TIP form or through Faculty Enlight

The Libraries will not offer print reserves services for Fall 2020

Print reserves cannot be made available in an equitable or practical way due to a large percentage of the MIT community learning remotely, and a recommended 96-hour quarantine period for returned materials. The Libraries will provide electronic copies of Reserves materials whenever possible, and library staff are ready to assist you in finding alternatives.

Consider Online Materials for your Fall courses

This is crucial for ensuring that all students have equitable access. We ask that faculty reconsider using textbooks; many, particularly from publishers such as Pearson, Cengage, and McGraw Hill, are not available for libraries to purchase as shareable e-copies. If, after exploring alternative options below, a class does require a textbook, faculty are asked to either submit a new request via the TIP form or through Faculty Enlight or cancel or update an existing request by emailing Libraries reserves staff and The COOP as early as possible.

Upload materials or link to them on your course management system site

Faculty and their assistants can upload materials or link to them on their course management system (CMS) site for adding files and scans.

Help with adding content:

Options for selecting content:

  • Link to content from the Libraries’ collection of electronic resources: e-books, journal articles, streaming media, and other digital materials
  • Suggest a purchase of e-materials
  • Adopt open educational resources (OER) that are freely available and allow for re-use and modification
  • Select alternate course materials available electronically in consultation with your liaison librarian
  • If you are the author of a textbook used in an MIT class, the MIT Libraries can work with you to make the textbook available to students. Please contact
  • (Date TBD) Request a scan from the Libraries’ print collections (excluding items unavailable due to the Hayden Renovation)