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Textbooks: Student Information

Information on textbooks for both students and faculty.

DOES THE LIBRARY HAVE MY TEXTBOOK?

First, check your course in Blackboard to see if your professor has provided a convenient link to an e-textbook in the library.  If you do not find it there, then check the library's Course Reserves service using either the dedicated Course Reserves List link or the OneSearch option below.

SEARCH BY CLASS ABBREVIATION & NUMBER OR PROFESSOR'S LAST NAME

OR SEARCH BY TITLE

Is the Textbook Online or in Print?

Course Reserves sample entry showing one online book and one in print.

1.  This textbook is online.  Click on the title of the textbook.  On the next screen, click the name of the database (Available online at: Name of Database).

2.  This textbook is in print.  It has a call number.  In the example above, the call number is ZA4230 .N63 2018.  Course Reserves textbooks in print are not available for check out.

So

  • If you do not find your textbook OR
  • If it is only available in print, not online.

Contact your professor.  They may be able to upload limited scans into your Blackboard course.  The library can help them with this; point them to Textbooks - Faculty Information for a link to the request form.

Why Aren't All Textbooks Online?

The simple truth is that many textbook publishers do not sell digital textbooks to libraries.

CAN I BORROW PHYSICAL BOOKS IN COURSE RESERVES?

Course Reserves print books will NOT be available for check out during Fall 2020.  Because we must quarantine books for 3 days after they are returned, there is no practical way for us to handle Course Reserves check-outs as we normally would.

Only books from Pfau Library's general collections may be requested for check-out.

If a copy of your textbook happens to be available in the library outside of Course Reserves (for example, an older edition or a second copy), you can request it for pickup.

ALSO USEFUL

PFAU LIBRARY & TEXTBOOKS

The Pfau Library makes every effort to obtain your textbook, as funding allows. During the pandemic campus closure, if we knew a book was a required textbook, and there was a viable option to purchase an electronic edition of it, we purchased it. Some publishers will not sell e-textbooks to libraries. In those cases it is not possible for the library to purchase the e-textbook.

In the past, we have purchased print textbooks as well. Normally, these are placed on Course Reserves and are available for 2-hour check out. During the pandemic, print textbooks placed on Course Reserves are available for limited scanning at the instructor’s request but are not available for check out. 

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