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Electronic Course Reserves: Home

Everything you need to know about accessing course reserves at the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University

Need Your Course Password?

Students:  To access course material on ECR, you'll need your four-digit course-specific password. Look for it on your syllabus or ask your professor if you're not sure where to find it.  

You can also:
stop in whenever the library's open
text us at 216-820-9691 or
give us a call at 216-687-5300

Contact Us

Questions? Contact Beth Piwkowski at or (216) 687-6929.


    The Library's Electronic Course Reserve (ECR) system makes course readings and other materials available to CSU students and faculty at all hours and anywhere there is Internet access.  

    Users may search for the reserved items by course number, by the professor's name, or by course name. When connecting from off campus, students and faculty will need to enter their CSU ID number and Library PIN. If you don’t remember your PIN, you can follow the reset instructions or contact the User Services Desk at 216-687-2479 whenever the library is open for help. You can also contact Beth Piwkowski at for additional support.

    screen shot of course reserves pageFaculty may submit print materials, or request library-owned materials to be placed on reserve in the library's Textbook Center at the User Services desk, where they may be checked out for two hours.

    Faculty may also submit course reserve materials for inclusion in ECR online, and the materials are prepared in several different ways. Files already in electronic format are easily put into the system. Printed documents are scanned and processed into accessible and ADA-compliant PDF documents and uploaded. Links to textbooks, supplemental readings, and other media materials reserved by faculty for classes are integrated into ECR as well.  

    The Michael Schwartz Library has collaborated with the campus bookstore, enabling us to identify library holdings assigned as course materials each semester — print, e-books and other digital content. Students access these library e-book holdings thousands of times each semester at no cost.

    Course reserves are a vital component of the Library's affordable learning initiatives. By digitizing and linking up thousands of course materials each semester, we provide 24/7 access to course readings and required e-books via our Electronic Course Reserve (ECR) system.

    Please note: In order to comply with Fair Use Guidelines, access to electronic course material is password-protected for use only by those students currently enrolled in each class.  Consult the <a href="">Copyrightable Materials</a> section of this site for more information.