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Course Readings

The Course Readings Collection is a repository of required and supplementary course materials that are requested by faculty members so that their students can be assured of timely, short term access to required course readings. Course Readings is designed to make requesting and accessing supplementary course material, regardless of format, easy both for instructors and for students.

To place a course reserve request, please log in with your Western Identity credentials on the Course Readings page.

Accessing Course Readings

Accessing Course Readings can be done a couple of ways. It fully integrates into OWL, Western’s Learning Management System. Instructors activate the Course Readings tool, just like adding the gradebook or drop box to the course. Once done, the link appears in the OWL side navigation and it is a click away for instructors to request and track items, and for students to view and connect to supplementary course material.

For courses that don’t use OWL, instructors and students can access Course Readings via the web login


Readings are readily available to students behind a single login for either the OWL or web version and integrated in one place. Only courses in which individuals are enrolled will display, and for each course the readings can be arranged to follow the syllabus and align with their research and study schedule. Students can also organize their readings using personal tags and a list of favourites across courses. Of course, a major benefit is that for online material, readings and other supplementary course materials are available anywhere, 24-7.


Using Course Readings will ensure online availability of material wherever possible and in the best way, for convenient access for students. Requesting material is flexible. Format icons open simple web forms for fast self-service. A syllabus icon allows for upload of a pdf or word version and library staff handles the rest, locating and making material available the best possible way. Instructors are able to view the live status of materials in processing, as well as aggregated statistics on student usage of individual items which in turn can inform curriculum evaluation and redevelopment. Readings are automatically deactivated at the end of the course, and can be instantly imported from past and current courses.

To help us prepare and ensure that materials are available to your students in a timely fashion, please submit course reserve requests as early as possible, with a minimum of two weeks before the start of class.