Electronic Course Reserves

Electronic Course Reserves (E-Reserves) provide online access to supplementary course reading materials submitted to the Cornette Library by West Texas A&M University faculty to support classroom instruction. E-Reserves allow students to view, print, and download materials 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any computer with a Web browser. E-Reserves allow simultaneous use by multiple authorized users.

Occasionally E-Reserves will not be available due to server-related issues. You may also encounter difficulty in printing these documents if your computer does not have sufficient memory. Depending on the file size and your connection speed, it may take as long as 30 minutes for the document to download. Hard copy for most E-Reserves will still be available upon request at the Circulation Desk. Course reserve materials that have not been converted to electronic format will also be available at the Circulation Desk.

Online access is password-restricted to students and faculty of WTAMU to comply with the Fair Use guidelines of U.S. copyright law. Please carefully read the instructions in the pop-up box which requires a unique username and password.

Materials can only be accessed by searching for a particular course or professor and are not accessible by author or title in the online catalog. These reserves are available through the course reserve search in the online catalog.

The main Buff Portal page has a link to the Library webpage. You can access the Library’s online catalog and E-Reserves through this link.

For further information contact us: Beth Vizzini or Josh Edwards, or call (806) 651-2223.


Some E-Reserves are Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF) files which retain all formatting of the original document including fonts, styles, spacing, and imbedded graphics. If Adobe Acrobat Reader is not installed on your computer, you must download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to view or print the document. If you are having trouble opening a PDF document, try downloading the most recent version of Adobe (PC) or Preview (Mac).

Other E-Reserves may include PowerPoint (PPT) Presentations. If Microsoft PowerPoint is not installed on your computer, you must download the free Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer in order to view or print the presentation.

Additionally, E-Reserves could have audio files requiring Real Player or a similar audio service. If the software is not installed on your computer, you can download the free version of Real Player, or other audio service, in order to listen to the audio file.

Guidelines for E-Reserve Documents

When to Write for Copyright Permission for E-Reserves