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