Knowledge Base

Electronic Reserves

About Electronic Reserves

Electronic Reserve is the online version of Library Reserve. Professors submit materials to Bizzell Memorial Library, which are held either in paper form at the circulation desk, or the materials are scanned, converted to PDF file format and made available to students on the University of Oklahoma Libraries' website.

These articles, book chapters, study guides, and other short items can be accessed via the Internet at any time and printed out or used as long as needed. To access these readings, you must know your OUNet ID (4x4) and password, and the semester, department, and number of your course (and the instructor, for courses with multiple sections). You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer in order to view these reserves; computers in the library already have Adobe Acrobat installed. Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for free downloading from the Adobe website.

Accessing Items Placed on Electronic Reserve

On the library's website, click on E-Reserves link under Resources on the left side bar. Sign in here with your 4x4 and password (if you have not already logged into the website). Choose the session and year from the pull-down list (the current session is displayed), and then choose the department your class is in from the list of abbreviations. If you are an AP student, be sure to check the AP box. Click "submit", then choose your class number from the list displayed. Then just click on the links displayed to see your readings. You will need Adobe website. Adobe Acrobat to view your readings. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat on your computer, you may download it on the Adobe website.

You must log in to access e-reserve items because most print media is copyrighted, including academic articles, texts and scholarly journals. Under copyright guidelines, an instructor may use materials for a class with specific limitations on how it is used. Placing passwords on electronic reserve pages helps to enforce copyright guidelines.

Troubleshooting Access

If your OUID and password does not work or if you cannot access a needed item, please call the Reserve Room at Bizzell Memorial Library, (405) 325-3843 during Library hours, Monday-Friday and after 5:30 PM Sundays or send an email to the Reserve Room.