How do I request a Digital Course Pack?

We are currently conducting pilot projects to make sure we have what we need to scale Digital Course Packs to a university-wide service. If you would like to participate in the pilot, please contact Keep in mind, any course may use the existing Course Reserves service.


What is the process to create a Digital Course Pack?

  1. Faculty and instructors should submit their course reading list to library Course Reserves staff 4 weeks before the beginning of the new semester.
  2. Library reserves staff will begin creating the Digital Course Pack by entering any freely available content, such as open education resources, into the course pack web site.
  3. Library reserves staff will also identify and add any library-licensed content that the University Libraries have already paid for on behalf of faculty and students to the course pack.
  4. Library reserve staff will send a list of the remaining content back to faculty so that fair use determinations can be made. Faculty determine fair use claims for their materials. Consultations are available for faculty who would like to learn more about how to make a fair use claim.
  5. Once faculty have made their fair use claims, non-library licensed materials and non-fair use materials are sent to the Copyright Permissions Center for royalty cost determinations.
  6. Royalty costs are communicated to the Libraries and the Bookstore and the final Digital Course Pack is created (with items that require royalty payments denoted by "[$ required"]).


What is a Digital Course Pack?

The Digital Course Pack project is a collaboration between the University Libraries, Bookstore, Copyright Permissions Center, and the OIT/Moodle team. Digital Course Packs combine different course-related materials into a single point of access, including journal articles, e-books, web-sites and links, images, and videos, all in a variety of formats and all presented online. Course materials may be library licensed items, items determined to be fair use, open access materials, and materials that require royalty payments. The main goals of the project are to make course packs more affordable for students and to streamline the course pack creation process for faculty and instructors, providing them with the guidance and services they need to deliver the best and most appropriate course content for their students.

What does a Digital Course Pack look like?

Digital Course Packs are made available through the University Libraries Course Reserves web site. Upon logging in, students are presented with any courses they are taking that have course reserve materials available:


The next screen demonstrates what a student sees upon selecting a course, in this case a course that requires a payment for some materials (denoted by [$ required]). Professors and instructors creating a Digital Course Pack through the Libraries can include a variety of material types, including links to library licensed materials, fair use items, open access materials, and items requiring royalty payments:




Library licensed materials, fair use items, and open access materials will be immediately accessible when a student logs in. If a student selects an item that requires a royalty payment (denoted by [$ required]) the system will check to see if the student has paid for access. This is done by automatically querying the Bookstore's system records. If the student has paid, he/she is given immediate access to the item. If not, the student is given an explanatory screen which leads them to purchase the Digital Course Pack online through the Bookstore:


If a student decides to pay for the Digital Course Pack, clicking the link will present the Bookstore website where the course pack can be purchased. Upon paying, the student will be given immediate access to the course pack materials:




If an instructor is also using Moodle, we have made it possible to integrate Digital Course Pack readings into specific course sites within that tool. For more information, please visit Course Reserves integration with Moodle:


We have also produced a "how-to" video for students concerning accessing and using Digital Course Packs:





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