At the beginning of the semester we have many students coming to the Library searching for textbooks and other curriculum materials. Here are few things for students and faculty to keep in mind about what the Library can and cannot offer:
- The Library does not purchase and circulate textbooks in conjunction with course offerings. Certain textbooks may incidentally be in our collection, but this is fairly uncommon. If we do happen to have a textbook being used in a current class, there will most likely be only one circulating copy.
- Textbooks can occasionally be available from two other sources: I-Share or ILLIAD Interlibrary Loan.
- I-Share is a collection of university and college libraries in the state of Illinois that have agreed to share their books with each other. Many libraries in I-Share have restrictions on lending out textbooks so requests for them can be slow to fulfill or even be denied. Learn more about Requesting I-Share items found through WorldCat.
- ILLiad Interlibrary Loan is for books that are unavailable through I-Share. Interlibrary Loan is a system that allows students to borrow books from libraries all over the world. Requests for books in this system may take much longer and in fact, there is no guarantee that a textbook will be delivered. In addition, each lending library has its own loan period policy. Learn more on requesting books from ILLiad Interlibrary Loan through WorldCat.
- If your teacher has informed you that curriculum materials are on course reserve, those items will be available for pickup from the circulation desk. More information on course reserve can be found here.
- Reach out to your teaching faculty and let them know they can place items on course reserve at the library for limited use. If they are interested in submitting materials for course reserve they can visit Special Services for Faculty & Staff.
If you have any questions, please stop by the reference desk on the 1st floor or call us at 773-442-4410.