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Video Reserves in Canvas

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What are Video Reserves?

Video reserves are videos selected by a professor for a particular university course that have been put on hold in Nonprint Media, or have been scheduled to stream to the course Canvas site for students to watch.

These items are:

  • Placed on virtual reserve and made available through a course space in Canvas for a two week period, specified by the professor.  This is done in order to make these items available to many students at once.
  • Placed on physical reserve in Nonprint Media (Hornbake Library) for the duration of a course (usually one semester), then removed when it concludes and returned to the professor or to the Libraries collection.
  • Videos from a professor's personal collection are placed on physical (and sometimes also virtual) reserve.


Accessing Video Reserves through Canvas:




  • Login with your Directory ID and password.
  • Click on the appropriate course name listed in the drop-down menu under the Courses link at the top of the page.



  • Click on Modules (left-side column)ShareStream will appear in one of the modules.




Retrieving Video Reseve materials:


  • Click on the title of the video you would like to watch:




Need more information? Need help?


  • Visit the Libraries' Nonprint Media page:
  • If you cannot access your course in ELMS (Canvas), please contact your professor to make sure the course has been published. If you can access the course, but cannot access Video Reserves, please contact a library staff member at McKeldin at 301-314-5678.