Library Online Course Reserves (LOCR) for Canvas

The Library Online Course Reserves (LOCR) is UBC's application for requesting and managing course reserves. Instructors use the application to request a list of course materials, and enrolled students receive access to those materials.

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Getting started How do I get started?

If you have already selected your course reserves using LOCR via the "Library" tab in Connect, you will not have to set up your course reserves again.

You can make LOCR accessible in Canvas through the side bar, or you can link directly to it in a module.

Adding LOCR in your Canvas course

  • Log in to your Canvas course.
  • Go to 'Settings.'
  • Select the 'Navigation' tab
  • Scroll down until you find 'Library Online Course Reserves.'
  • Click the three dots on the right, and select '+Enable'.

You can also add LOCR to a MODULE

  • Go to 'Modules'.
  • Press the 'Add item' button on a module.
  • Select 'External Tool' from the drop-down menu.
  • Select 'Library Online Course Reserves' and then click on the 'Add Item' button.

Note: End-of-term dates are needed for LOCR access

Please note that an end date is required for your Canvas course in order for LOCR content to be accessible to students. This end date is normally drawn automatically from the course's term (e.g. 2018W1, 2018W2, etc.). If your course is associated to the correct term, then this requirement will be satisfied and the LOCR course will closed off 8 weeks after the last day of class for the term. You can check the term your course is associated to by accessing the course settings page as shown in the screenshot below:

Screenshot of Canvas Course Settings page showing the Term Association setting


Alternatively, LOCR will also accept a custom course end date specified by checking "Users can only participate in the course between these dates" and filling out the custom start and end date fields seen in the course settings. More information about these settings is found in the Canvas guides. Without a term association end date or custom end date, LOCR will assume the course has finished and prevent students and instructors from accessing your LOCR content.


For more detailed instructions on how to use LOCR, see the Library's guide to using course reserves with LOCR.


What tools can I use with this?

Access to LOCR for instructors is provided inside Canvas.


Available support What support is available?

LOCR is a tool developed within UBC Library. Support is provided by the Learning Technology Hub and department library branches.


Frequently asked questions FAQ

The UBC Library website maintains a Troubleshooting and FAQ section as part of their guide to using course reserves.


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