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Does the Library Have Textbooks?

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.  Check the the line at the bottom of the record to find out how to get it.
  3. The example below is a print book that was put on reserve by a professor.  You get books on reserve at the main library help desk for use within the library.  TIP:  If you are taking a music class, you might find books on reserve at Presser Music Library.
  4. This is an example of a print book that is not on reserve.  The information you need to find it is in the line at the bottom of the record.  TIP:  Most books are at the main F.H. Green Library, but music books are located at Presser Music Library in Swope Hall.
  5. This is an example of an e-book.  Here is how to access it.
    • Click on the Online Access Link
    • 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.
    • If you are off campus, 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.