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Textbook Affordability Resource Guide for Students / Parents

Our Libraries have access to over 2 billion book titles and 2 million eBooks. These resources are free to access and borrow.


The steps below outline how students can locate physical and electronic reserve material.

Physical Course Reserves

Physical course reserves (i.e., books, print materials, DVDs) have a call number and are listed in the WU Libraries Catalog.


To find physical course reserves in the library catalog:

  1. Using the link below, search by the course number or instructor's name.
  2. The catalog will indicate which library is holding the materials for your course.
  3. Go to the appropriate library's checkout desk to request an item on reserve.

Search for physical course reserves



Electronic Course Reserves


Ares is an online course reserves system for PDFs of journal articles or book chapters, streaming video/audio, and other readings or assignments. To find electronic course reserves in Ares:

  1. Using the link below, login with your WUSTL Key.
  2. Courses you are enrolled in are displayed on the main menu.
  3. Click on the course to see reserve items that your instructor has made available.

If you have registered late or don't see a course on the main Ares menu, contact Olin Library Reserves staff (314-935-5451) for assistance.

Students are responsible for operating within fair use guidelines when using reserve materials. Refer to the STS Copyright Infringement Policy for more information.

Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17. United States Code) governs the reproduction and distribution of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to reproduce materials. One of these conditions is that the reproduction not be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." Any person who copies or re-distributes this material in any way inconsistent with Title 17 and its "fair use" provisions may be liable for copyright infringement.


Search Ares for electronic course reserves