Welcome back students! At this time of the year, the library gets a lot of questions about textbooks. So, you may find yourself asking, "Does the library carry my textbook?" The answer is "Maybe." Here's why....
While we don't typically carry textbooks, we may own a book that's being used in your course. Bear in mind that you should purchase a book if needing it for an entire quarter. If it's something you need short-term like a novel you have to read for class or material to support an essay you're writing, getting the book from the library is a good option.
Another question we get all the time is "Can I order my textbook through I-Share?" Our answer is "We don't recommend it." Often, our students need the latest
edition, which is not always available in I-Share, a group of academic libraries with which we partner. Even if the correct
edition is available we don't recommend it. The book will be recalled after a certain amount of time and you'll be stuck without your textbook halfway into the quarter. Some students have had books recalled into the quarter and have been unable to buy them because the bookstore no longer carried copies. We've seen this before and would hate for it to happen to you!
So, to wrap it up, we love it when you come to the library and we want you to get your books here, but borrowing textbooks is not
recommended in place of purchasing. Remember, you'll need
those textbooks the entire quarter!