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Textbooks

Each semester, the library receives a list from the bookstore of all textbooks and required readings for that term. We use this list to identify any copies of those books we have in our collection and place those books on textbook reserve. (We do not own every textbook, however.)

  • Items on reserve have a shorter checkout period than books in the regular collection, two hours for most books.
  • Expect required readings not on the bookstore list to be checked out quickly and subject to many recalls.
  • We do not purchase every required textbook; We mainly purchase upper-level textbooks that have a broad appeal.
    • Faculty may place personal copies of textbooks on reserve and we encourage this when we do not own a particular textbook
  • We have some textbooks available as ebooks, but licensing restrictions may make use by large classes difficult.
    • Instructors should contact their college librarian to see if we can arrange a license for multiple simultaneous use.
  • Interlibrary loan will not borrow textbooks from other libraries; if we don't own a textbook, you'll need to purchase your own copy.

Find textbooks

Using the list of textbooks at the University Bookstore site, you can see if we have any of your needed textbooks.

Search Summon

After searching the bookstore list of textbooks, you will be given a list of titles, authors, and ISBN (standard numbers) for each book. Copy the ISBN number and search this number in Summon on its advanced search screen. Be sure to select the ISBN/ISSN search type. If we own this textbook in print or online, it should be the first result. (The location will very likely be 2 hour reserve.) If you get no results, you can check to see if the library owns a different edition that may be helpful to you.

If you have the LibX browser extension installed, the ISBNs will be automatically linked to a Summon search, allowing you to skip several steps above. You can also highlight titles and authors, then right-click and choose to search these directly in Summon. No copying and pasting required.

Try author and title searches

To search for other editions, use a basic search in Summon . Enter the last name of the author of your textbook (or the first author listed if more than one) followed by the first few words of the title of your textbook in quotes. You may get more than one result, so note the publication year or edition listed for each results. Click the title link to see more information about these results.

Instructor personal copies

If your instructor has placed a personal copy on reserve, it can be found the same way through Summon. You can also browse all the material your instructor has placed on reserve (including photocopied items that won't appear in Summon) by searching or browsing for your instructor's name or the course abbreviation. You can also ask your instructor if he or she has a copy of the textbook to place on reserve.


Enter all or part of the name, last name first.

Browse instructors with reserves

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Type as much or as little of the name or number as you wish.

Browse courses with reserves

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