Does the library have textbooks? How do I know what textbooks I need for my class?

To find out what textbooks or other materials are required for a course, visit the Eagle Store's textbook page. [] You may also contact the instructor or department for a list of course materials and/or a syllabus.

JFK Library does not generally have textbooks for current courses due to cost considerations, space limitations, and the frequency with which new editions are released and instructors choose new textbooks for their courses. The library may own some textbooks, but it is not the policy to add them to the collection based only on their use in a course.

The library may have some books used in courses that are not considered textbooks. Additionally, libraries in the Summit system of academic libraries in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho that share books may have a copy of the textbook available. To find out if a textbook is available at JFK Library or through Summit, search the library catalog. []

Note: searching by ISBN or adding as much information to the search beyond the title of the textbook as possible (e.g., author(s), publisher, publication date, etc.) will help focus your search. It is also important to verify that the edition of the textbook in the library catalog matches the one needed for the course.

Instructors may put a copy of the textbook on reserve at the library. Search the library catalog by instructor, course, or book using the "Course Reserves" search. [] Items on reserve usually have a short loan period (1 hour to 1 week) and may be required to be used in the library.

If the textbook is not available on course reserve or through Summit, students may make one textbook request per title, per quarter, using the interlibrary loan service. Find more information about making an interlibrary loan request for a textbook on the Interlibrary Loan Borrowing guide. []   


  • Last Updated Sep 21, 2023
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