Looking For Your Textbooks?

August 19, 2009 at 6:35 am | Posted in reserves, textbooks | 1 Comment

If you need a copy of a textbook to take home to your dorm room or apartment, you’ll need to purchase it from the campus bookstore or from another source. The library does not provide circulating copies of textbooks for students. The Galvin Library collection is intended to provide materials for scholarly research and to supplement classroom learning.

The library may have a copy of your textbook, but if so, it has been placed in the Reserve Collection, located behind the Circulation Desk on the Lower Level of the library. Reserve books can only be checked out for two hours at a time and cannot be removed from the library. This ensures they are available to as many students as possible during the semester they are assigned. Books owned by the Library which are later adopted as class textbooks will be transferred to the Reserve Collection during the time they are assigned for class use.

Textbooks are also not available via Interlibrary Loan (ILL). If you place an ILL request for a textbook via I-Share or WorldCat, it will be canceled by library staff. To prevent the loss of valuable study time, please consider purchasing a new or used textbook.

To search for Reserve titles, use the IIT Library Catalog. Items on Reserve will have a location of “Galvin Reserves (IIT-Local Circulating Only)” in the item record. To borrow these items, bring the call number to the Circulation Desk on the lower level. Again,  Reserve books can only be checked out for two hours at a time and cannot be removed from the library.

For more on the library’s textbook policy, click here.

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