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Here are a few things for students, faculty and staff need to keep in mind about textbook availability:
You may use the library catalog to locate books the library owns. The Library does not normally purchase and circulate textbooks in conjunction with course offerings. Some textbooks may have been donated to the library, these are generally older editions. Certain textbooks may be in our collection, but this is fairly uncommon. If we do happen to have a textbook currently used in a class, usually there will be only one copy available.
Textbooks may be available from other sources: the campus book store, library Reserves, I-Share or Interlibrary Loan and online rental services.
The bookstore will provide new and used textbooks for students.
Instructors place copies of these titles on "reserve" for classes to use. Check at the circulation desk on the first floor, if your syllabus or the library catalog uses the term "reserve".
I-Share is a collection of university and college libraries in the State of Illinois that have agreed to share portions of their collection with one another. Many libraries in I-Share have loan restrictions, so requests for material can be slow to be filled or denied.
Interlibrary Loan is for books that are unavailable through I-Share. Interlibrary Loan is a system that allows members of the CSU community to borrow books from libraries all over the world. Each lending library has its own loan period and policy. Requested books in this system may take much longer to deliver and there is no guarantee that a textbook will be loaned.