eCOR: Electronic Course Readings

Course readings are texts set aside by faculty members for the exclusive use of students in specific courses. The library manages both hardcopy and online course readings. Hardcopy course reserves are held behind the library service desk at each campus. Online readings are available in SLATE, through our eCOR Service. Through eCOR, faculty and students can manage and review the course readings for their own courses in a user-friendly, online environment. To learn more about our hardcopy course reserves, see Course Reserves (Hardcopies).

Students, a direct link to your eCOR account is available through the Library Services menu in SLATE.

Faculty, to insert your readings into a specific course, please see: Adding an eCOR Module in SLATE.

Each new term, easily select and clone items previously requested for a course in eCOR. eCOR will carry over the bibliographic information, and library staff will review items to ensure that they remain copyright compliant.


Both electronic and hardcopy requests can be submitted through the forms provided in eCOR.

Due to the volume of requests, we highly encourage faculty to submit their requests to eCOR by the dates below:

  • For Fall – submit by August 1
  • For Winter – submit by December 1
  • For Summer/Spring – submit by April 10

For physcial items provided by faculty, materials can be dropped off at the Library`s circulation desk along with a printed and completed form: Request a Course Reserve.

Both electronic and hardcopy requests can be submitted through eCOR, including: books, book chapters, journal articles, websites, streaming videos from our databases, DVDs, CDs, video games, PowerPoint presentations, etc.

Where possible, we will provide electronic access to the material – via linking or posting a copyright-compliant copy. All other hardcopy materials will be placed on print reserve for students to borrow at the Library. For more information about print reserves, see: Course Reserves (Hardcopies)

NOTE: we do not accept textbooks supplied by publishers for review due to copyright considerations.

If you have a hardcopy of an article or book chapter, you may upload a scanned copy when you submit a request in eCOR. Library staff will check copyright and licensing compliance before publishing.

Improve accessibility of your PDFs with McGill University's guide on Making PDF Files Work with Screen Readers. If you have a question about accessibility, please contact Lisa Eschli, Manager Integrated Library Services, at

When you submit a reading through eCOR, Library staff evaluate copyright and licensing restrictions, and request permission on your behalf, if needed. In addition, library staff ensure PDFs and other files uploaded to eCOR are compatible with screen readers.

For information about copyright, please email or see Copyright Guidance

For questions related to alternate formats, please contact Lisa Eschli, Manager Integrated Library Services, at

Submit Course Readings

Use the eCOR Tool in SLATE for both electronic and hardcopy course readings, OR fill out the
Course Reserve Form.

Accessing Course Readings (For Students)

Submitting Course Readings

Checking the Status of your Requests