First, check your online course to see if your professor has provided a convenient link to an e-textbook in the library. If you do not find one, then check the library's Course Reserves service for both print and e-textbooks 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?
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. Due to COVID-19, Course Reserves textbooks in print are not currently available for check out.
Contact your professor. They may be able to upload limited scans into your online 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.
Course Reserves print books are subject to quarantining after they are returned.
If you find a copy of your textbook in OneSearch and it is not on Course Reserves (for example, an older edition or a second copy), you can request it for pickup.
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.