Textbooks: What the Library Can and Can’t Do

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With the beginning of the Fall II session, you may feel as if you are performing a balancing act between the needs of your wallet and the needs for textbooks for your courses. To save money, many of you will want to request your textbooks through ILLiad, our interlibrary loan system, but textbook requests can be a bit challenging. We completely understand and would like to help you as much as possible, but there are limitations to what we can do. In general, the Leatherby Libraries does not have available copies of your required textbooks, and even if we do, there may be some drawbacks. Here are some things to keep in mind as you try to save your hard-earned cash.

  1. If you would like to search the Leatherby Libraries Library catalog (books, e-books, media, and more) to see if we own your required textbook, please do. Do not use the Discover! search option. If the library does not own a copy, we cannot get it for you.
  2. If the library owns the book, read the status carefully.
    catalog_detailAs you can see from this example, two copies are for library use only, and the third copy is already checked out, so the book is not available, and we cannot send it to you.

If you follow these steps before submitting an ILLiad request, it should reduce the number of cancelled requests and alleviate some your stress. Textbooks are expensive, but they are a necessary part of the education experience. We will do what we can, but sometimes, our wallets just have to take the hit.


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