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Course Reserves Collection: Course Book Collection

Find any book in the Library's Course Book Collection


Library Course Books are shelved alphabetically by department, then by title of book, then by call number.



What is it?: The Library's Course Books Collection contains only selected books sold at the Bookstore ... approximately 30% of the listed titles.

We do not purchase required textbooks ... unless special circumstances are discussed in advance between the instructor and the library. The collection usually does not include associated lab manuals, software packages, or CDs.

We will accept one copy of each textbook into the collection from student donations.

The editions: When we do purchase a copy, the Library attempts to acquire the latest edition ... but we may only replace missing items with an earlier edition.

Using the collection: You are welcome to use course books in the Library, but they cannot be checked out.

You can scan materials, but please abide by the notice of federal copyright law posted by the printers and scanners. The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of copies and other reproductions of copyrighted material. Such copies can be made only under specific conditions. One such condition is that the photocopy or reproduction not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." Use of the reproduction may make the user liable for copyright infringement. 

See the SXU Bookstore for a listing of ALL required textbooks.

Long-Term Alternatives

The library is very interested, and active, in finding alternatives for students with this expensive scenario. Unfortunately, throwing short-term money at this situation is not a real solution.

There are hundreds of books assigned by professors that we do not have. It would cost over $40,000 per year to buy just one copy of each new title.

As many universities have proven, even if patrons or the library bought one copy of each for the library collection, there are simply too many students wanting any one book to make this a viable solution.

At best, a library copy makes it convenient for some ... but not a real alternative for most.

That is why we are making efforts for faculty to adopt Open Educational Resources as a better long-term solution.


The Library has six touchscreen scanners and document feeders. ALL SCANS ARE FREE. You are charged only if you print your documents. The state-of-the-art high-speed BookScan stations can scan documents up to ledger size in under five seconds at 200 dpi. The Bulletscan document feeders can copy up to 40 pages in duplex mode up to legal size in either color or black and white at 300 dpi. You can save any scan to a flash drive, print it, or send it to myfiles, Google Docs, or e-mail.

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