Where can I find a textbook for a class?


The Library does not generally purchase textbooks for classes. However, there are a few things you can do to see if you can get access to textbooks through the library:

  1. Check to see if the book is on reserve. Instructors sometimes put a copy of assigned textbooks on Course Reserves at the library. Items on Course Reserves are available for short-term checkout (usually 2 hours). From the Library homepage, select the Course Reserves link and search by instructor or class name.
    Course Reserves link on the library home page  
  2. Check OneSearch. Although the library doesn't collect textbooks, there is a chance that we have an older edition of your textbook in our collection. Just use the OneSearch search box to search for the textbook title. (You may need to add one of the author's names to your search since textbook titles tend to be very general.)
  3. Check CSU+. If we don't have a book, you can try searching CSU+, which expands your search to all 23 CSU libraries.  If another library has a copy of the textbook, you can try requesting it. Just keep in mind that many libraries won't lend out their copies of textbooks. If a CSU+ request cannot be filled, you will get a notification email.

If you are looking to save money on textbooks, also keep in mind that many retailers, such as the Kennel Bookstore and Amazon, offer options to rent or purchase used copies for significantly less than the cost of a new textbook.

  • Last Updated Sep 21, 2023
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  • Answered By David Drexler

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