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Course Readings

Instructions for faculty and staff for adding and managing Course Readings in Canvas

What are Course Readings?

Colorado School of Mines Library has adopted a course reserves software that is integrated into Canvas. The tool, called “Course Readings” in your Canvas online course space, allows Mines faculty to develop content-diverse reading lists. The adoption of this Course Readings platform contributes to the achievement of the School’s strategic goals of student success and retention by optimizing access to information resources that support learning experiences.

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Course Readings Introduction

Mines' Course Readings in Canvas is designed to help instructors incorporate library materials in their Canvas courses. Instructors can use the tool to build reading lists that include books and articles owned by the library, videos, web resources, and more.

We recognize that course reserves are an important service for students and we are committed to helping throughout this process.


  • Instructors search the library catalog and link directly to resources; no need to deal with off-campus access or link maintenance
  • Course materials can be saved and reused in other courses or future semesters
  • Course materials lists are added to Canvas course navigation so that students have easy access
  • Embedded analytics can provide data on students' use of the materials