LOCR Student Guide

Library Online Course Reserves (LOCR) is where you can access certain required readings and other materials for courses—also called course reserves—that instructors make available for you through UBC Library.
Access Immediate You can access LOCR through Canvas, if your instructor has set this up. Or you can log in to LOCR outside of Canvas.
Bandwidth Yes Low demand on internet connections.
Privacy Yes Verified by UBC’s Privacy Impact Assessment process.

What will I use it for?

Your instructor may have you use LOCR to access library materials specific to the course:

  • Read articles and books
  • View web and media resources
  • Access PDFs of book chapters

This tool guide was last reviewed in February 2021.

What do I need to use LOCR?

A supported web browser

LOCR runs in your web browser and supports using the latest versions of Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or Safari.

A UBC course that uses course reserves

You will see a list of materials in LOCR for a course only if your instructor has requested these materials as course reserves through UBC Library and a librarian has approved them.


  • If you recently registered in a course that is using LOCR, it may take up to 48 hours for LOCR to give you access. If you still have trouble accessing your course reserves after a couple of days, please contact your instructor for help.

How do I use LOCR?

Click any bar below for instructions and tips for using LOCR.

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Access your course reserves in LOCR

There are two ways you can access course reserves in LOCR: from inside a Canvas course (if your instructor has enabled this) or from the standalone LOCR site.

  1. Log in to Canvas.
  2. Click the course from your Dashboard.
  3. Click Library Online Course Reserves in the Course Navigation, if you see it.
  4. The LOCR site will open, and you will see a list of course materials to select from.


  • Not all instructors will add LOCR to the Course Navigation in Canvas. If you can't find LOCR in the Course Navigation, check if your instructor has instead put links to LOCR in the course modules, or log in to the standalone LOCR site.

  1. Log in to the standalone LOCR site using your UBC CWL (Campus-Wide Login).
  2. Under "My Courses", click the course of interest.
  3. You will see a list of course materials to select from.


  • You can filter the list of your courses by selecting "Show current and future courses only" and/or "Show courses with readings only". You can also turn off these filters to see and access past courses.

Interact with your course reserves in LOCR

In LOCR, you can click any course to see its list of course reserves. You can filter this course reserves list using a search box and search by title, author, or tag. Instructors may use tags to help describe and organize the material—for example, adding a "Week 1" tag to all material that should be read in the first week of the course.

Each item in the course reserves list will show whether you've clicked previously to access it or not, and clicking any item title will allow you to view the electronic item directly or see where a physical item is available on campus.

Each electronic item has a start and end date that sets when it is available to you in LOCR. These availability dates mean you may not be able to access all the course reserve materials after the course ends. Make sure to download any material you want to have access to before the end of the course.

Where can I get more support with LOCR?

Technical support

If you have trouble with LOCR:

  • Contact your instructor or teaching assistant as your first point of contact.
  • If you are encountering errors when accessing an electronic item, contact your Library branch. If you do not know your branch, click the “Need Help” tab inside of LOCR.
  • Contact us at the LT Hub for further assistance:
    604 827 4775 or LT.hub@ubc.ca or visit the LT Hub online.

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