Distance Students

Check Reserves

Your first stop should be checking if material is on reserve for your class.  Reserves are available in D2L, see this guide for more information

Philadelphia Center - Try the Lending Library

The Philadelphia Center has started a Lending Library for textbooks.  Check this title list to see what's available. For more information on using the Lending Library, see Marcie Cohen. 

Try the WCU Libraries

The library doesn't buy many textbooks, but it is fast and easy to check whether we have one.

  1. Search for the title of the book using the search box at the top library homepage. Use the pull down menu on the right to select the Catalog. 
    TIP: Many textbooks have similar titles.  Add in the book's subtitle or the last name of one of the authors to make your search more specific.
  2. If we own the book, it should appear in the top few results.  If it's a print book, you can then request that it be sent to you. 
  3. This is an example of an e-book.  Here is how to access it.
    1. Click on the Online Access Link
    2. In the box that opens, look for the link to the full text near the top, in the box with the yellow banner. TIP:  There may be more than one link.
    3. You will be asked to log in with your WCU email address and password before you can use the ebook.

What if the Library Doesn't Own a Textbook?

For most books, the library can get you a copy of a book for free from another library though a service called interlibrary loan.  But the service can't be used for textbooks.  The exception to this rule is if you professor has assigned a book for the class that isn't really a textbook (reading a novel in a literature class would be an example).

How can you tell if something on a syllabus is a textbook or not?  It isn't a perfect rule, but check the syllabus to see if the book is listed as the 2nd edition or higher.  True textbooks are modified slightly and republished every few years, so it is not uncommon that you are using the 2nd or 5th or 8th edition of a textbook.  If the book has multiple editions, don't bother trying to get it through interlibrary loan.  Otherwise, you can use our EZ-Borrow system to request the book, but remember that you won't be able to keep the book for the entire semester.  You must return it after 8 weeks.

For help using interlibrary loan, go to this page.

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