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Course Materials+

Including Course Materials+ in ICON

Course Materials+ list 1-2-3

  1. Add Course Materials+ to the course's ICON site

  2. Create a list

  3. Send your list to the library
    There will be a banner across the top of the page as you are working on your list. Click the 'Send to Library' button to "publish" your list. This step a) alerts the library so we can start working on gathering or purchasing materials, and b) makes it visible to your students.
    Note: Publishing the list will not publish your ICON course, and publishing your ICON course will not automatically publish your list.

Contact us with the library discussion feature

discussion iconThe Course Materials+ library discussion tab, on the right side of the reading list in ICON, is our preferred method of communication because it will tie your message directly to the course/reading list in question, therefore speeding up our workflow. We are also available by email at

Course Materials+

Course Materials+  is now available for university faculty and students.  The new system integrates directly into ICON without the need for secondary passwords, is mobile friendly and can be customized for accessibility and improved user experience.

Course Materials+ is intuitive to use with a low barrier to entry, and has significant benefits for instructors and students: 

  • Reduced workload for instructors
    • Reading lists can be saved and reused across semesters
    • Ability to create multiple reading lists in draft form allows instructors to work at their own pace
    • Autonomy in developing, changing, updating, and saving course lists
  • Improved student experience
    • Centrally located course materials
    • Affordable, equitable access to library-purchased materials
    • Streamlined troubleshooting for broken links or other potential problems
  • Seamless library integration and support
    • Add library subscriptions, open educational resources, popular media, and multimedia
    • Get expert support for help with copyright, accessibility, and other questions
    • “Cite It” feature allows direct import for readings wherever, whenever

Course Materials+ allows users to see physical and e-reserves for courses in one place and accommodates a variety of media types.  Instructors can incorporate citations directly from a database into a reading list and can communicate online with students about resources and more.

Course reserves

Course Reserves are physical materials from your library that are set aside for a predetermined loan period. Materials can include books, anatomical models and more.

Course Reserves in ICON is called Course Materials+ and are accessible from ICON. Reading lists collect resources into a single, searchable location. Through Course Materials+, students can:

  • View and download course content
  • Mark readings completed
  • Create a list of favorite resources
  • Export reading list citations in your preferred citation style to a Word document or PDF

Determining copyright clearance

Instructors are responsible for determining if their use of copyrighted material falls within Fair Use or if they need to obtain permission to use the material. Visit the Libraries’ copyright guide for information on how to make this determination.

Accessibility of course reserve resources

Accessibility considerations:

  • Electronic format texts are usually accessible to people with a print disability.
  • DVDs/Blu-rays can offer some options that some streaming services might not (subtitles in other languages/closed captions, for example).
  • Some students might not have the required equipment/services to stream videos and/or DVDs. The Main Library has a dedicated station where students can watch movies of any region, VHS tapes, and Blu-rays.
  • Interlibrary loan is a free service available to people affiliated with the University of Iowa. Students can make use of that service if the Libraries does not own a title, if a title is checked out, or if students would like a title in a different format (audiobook, large print) or language.

Please check out our webpage for more information on assistance for people with disabilities or contact our liaison librarian, Janalyn Moss.