eReserves (i.e., ARES eReserves)

The library’s eReserve system is integrated with Canvas. The system organizes readings by course and creates indexing that you can search or sort by author and title; upon request, Reserves staff will also organize your readings by assignment week, date, or topic. eReserves readings are available to faculty and enrolled students.


This tool requires that faculty and students’ browsers have third-party cookies enabled to work properly.
  • You must work with your library to have readings and resources show up in the eReserves link in your course. Depending on your division, the eReserves link may be visible before you contact the library but will not have any materials linked. 
  • Once linked, Reserves will only show up in your SIS academic course shell, not your temporary STAGE shells (if applicable).
  • Make sure to submit your materials to the library 6-8 week before your course starts to ensure they are ready.  
  • If your students are having trouble accessing Reserves through Canvas, ask them to clear their cache and cookies on their browser to repair the issue.

How does Canvas differ from Blackboard? 

Reserves in Canvas and Blackboard follow the same process, and both show up in the course navigation menu.

What Canvas roles work with this tool?

Reserves only work for people who have official Hopkins IDs (usually matriculated students, faculty, and staff). It will not work for people who do not have Hopkins ID such as external users.

How to use – Canvas instructions 

Request your materials from the library

Instructors, contact the eReserves team at your library for assistance setting up courses and reserves.  

Link to eReserves in the Canvas Course Navigation

You should see a link to eReserves on your Canvas course navigation menu. If it is missing, follow the steps to show it to students.  

  1. Log into Canvas and go to your course  
  2. Click “Settings” 
  3. Choose “Navigation”  
  4. Drag “eReserves” to the top area of the page in the order you would like 
  5. Press “Save”  
  6. Your course menu should now show eReserves 

Optional Add Module Links in Canvas

If you would like, you can also link eReserves in the Modules area of your course.

  1. Log into Canvas and go to your course
  2. Click “Modules”
  3. Make sure a module is created (or click “+Module” to create one)
  4. At the top of the module (on the grey bar), click “+”
  5. Choose the dropdown at the top and select “External Tool”
  6. Select “eReserves”
  7. Scroll down (it is a bit tricky with the double scroll bars), and then make sure “Load in a new tab” is checked
  8. Then click “Add Item”
  9. The eReserves link will now show in the module

Best Practices 

  • Many instructors add weekly reminders and context about the assigned resources in their modules to encourage students to read and get the most out of the materials.  
  • Direct students to click on the eReserves link in the course menu to access all readings, they should not be linked in the content of your course.