About eReserves

Every Moodle site automatically comes with a folder that contains the E-reserves for that course. E-reserves are links to digital files of course readings. E-reserves don't actually live in Moodle, but in a separate system (on the main Amherst website, in Drupal). Moodle provides your students with access. Library staff (reserves@amherst.edu) and Academic Department Coordinators generally provide and maintain the E-reserves for courses.

Once a resource is added into the E-reserves system and assigned to your course, it will automatically appear in the Moodle E-reserves folder for your course. You can simply refer students to the entire folder to find the readings, or you can individually insert files from eReserves into specific sections on the Moodle site.

E-reserves folder on Moodle site

An eReserve can be one of two things: a) a local file that can be directly downloaded , or b) an article provided by an online database or journal. Many of our online databases can only be accessed from an on-campus internet connection. If you need access to an E-reserve article from off-campus, you can use a VPN connection.  

list of e-reserves

If you accidentally delete the E-reserves folder from your Moodle site, you can easily add the E-reserves folder back in.

Alongside the E-reserves folder, Moodle also automatically shows a link for Print Reserves for your course. This link directs to the library catalog.  

print reserves link

So again, while E-reserves appear in Moodle, they are not a Moodle service per se. If you have problems with the E-reserves for your class please email reserves@amherst.edu.