Teaching Support

The library seeks to work with educators to improve our students' access to information and to develop their research skills. Please examine our services and contact us to: 

  • Have a librarian assigned to your course and students through our Liaison Program 
  • Design assignments involving scientific literature or information management 
  • Arrange for research-skills workshops tailored to your course 
  • Create course guides with suggested readings and links to electronic articles and reference works licensed by Tufts libraries 
  • Identify and link to relevant resources from your Canvas reading list or pages
  • Recommend library purchases to add particular works to our collections

You may provide a purchase recommendation for the library to add particular works to its collections. 

Contact your librarian for more information. 

Placing Textbooks on Reserve 

To request an item be placed on reserve, please fill out the Book Reserve Request Form to place items on reserve. You will need to include the following:

  • Instructor name
  • Course title
  • Item format (i.e. book),
  • Item's title, author, publisher, date
  • Preferred number of copies (the number of copies is determined by the anticipated use of the item) 

Please allow adequate time for processing, at least a couple of weeks before the start of the course. Note that items must be requested to stay on reserve for each academic period – they do not remain automatically. If you would like to lend or donate a personal copy of an item to be placed on reserve, please bring it to the Library Service Desk with a completed Reserve Request Form. Be sure to write your name and contact information inside any book you are placing on reserve and indicate on the form whether we may mark it for processing, which includes the attachment of circulation tape, barcode, and a card pocket to the inside and outside covers. If you prefer that your materials not be marked, we will try to make other arrangements. These requests usually take a week to process, but may take longer in busy times.

Reserving a Room 

Classrooms may be booked through Reserve Tufts. For more information on additional reservable spaces available in the library, please review our reservable rooms or see our computer labs page for more details on the equipment and software in our labs. 

Utilizing Reading Lists in Canvas 

The Reading List Tool allows you to compile your course readings, and submit reserve requests to library staff without leaving Canvas. Using this tool you can be confident that the links to your readings will always work and you can add additional resources at any time. Students will see all materials in one place, whether print or online, with seamless access to online content on or off campus. You can also reuse lists from previous courses.

If you have submitted a reserve list outside of Canvas, library staff will create and publish the Reading List for you.  You can then use the Reading List tool to make additions and edits if you wish.

Getting your Reading List into Canvas 

Creating a Link to Tufts-Subscribed Articles and Book Chapters 

It is discouraged to upload full-text articles onto Canvas. 

If your reading list/s includes journal articles or book chapters, please put the Tufts link to the article on the reading list instead.