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Integrating Library Content in Canvas

This is a comprehensive guide to help instructors and librarians provide the best resources for students via Canvas.

Integrating LibGuides/E-Reserves into Canvas

The Library Resources link for your LibGuide or E-Reserves should appear in your Canvas Course Navigation without any action on your part. If it does not appear:

  1. Go To Settings.
  2. Click the Navigation Tab.
  3. Drag Library Resources from the list of Disabled navigation items (the grayed-out list at the bottom) to the location you wish it to appear in the upper list of items to appear to students in the Course Navigation.
  4. Click Save at the bottom.

Note: If you do not wish Library Resources to appear, reverse the drag-and-drop in step 3.

Canvas Metadata in Library Guides and E-Reserves

Example Canvas One Course: ATM_SC-1050-01-51244-2021FS-INTRODUCTORY METEOROLOGY, Where: [Dept Designator]-[Course Number]-[Section Number]-[Class Number]-[Semester Designator]-[Name]

CANVAS metadata – must match Canvas title exactly.  If there are multiple sections, include section number for the particular course.

Name: LMS

Value: Subject match:


Value: Course match examples: Department(text)-Course(numeric)-Section(Numeric)

  • ENGLSH-1000
  • ENGLSH-1000-04
  • ATM_SC-1050
  • ATM_SC-1050-01

Cross-Listed Courses

  • ENGLSH-4670/ENGLSH-7670


  • If you want the E-Reserves/LibGuide to show up across semesters, only include [Dept Designator]-[Course Number]-[Section Number]. Don’t include [Class Number]-[Semester Designator]-[Name] .
  • If all sections of a course need the same Guide or E-Reserves, do not include the section number:
  • If, only certain sections of a course want a link, you need to treat each section as a separate course and create a new metadata line in LibGuides or E-Reserves for each course

Metadata screenshot

1. Select Guide Metadata from upper right tool bar.

2.  Add custom meta data according to the guidelines presented in the boxes to the right.

Student and Instructor view in LMS

Another view within the LMS without E-Reserves