How Do I...?

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. Click the arrow next to where it says All Items below the search box. Select Books from the list. 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.
    Book record where the location reads  Second Floor Library Help Desk Reserve Collection
  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.
    Book record where the location reads Sixth Floor General Collection and gives the call number
  5. For ebooks, click on the Online Access or Full Text Available link to access it. You'll be asked to log in with your WCU email and password.


What if the Library Doesn't Own a Textbook?

You can try requesting your textbook for free from another library through a service called interlibrary loan. However, we can't guarantee that we'll be able to get a copy for you.

  • Try EZBorrow first (it gives you the book for longer).
  • Next try ILLiad.