Helpful answers and tips regarding a question frequently asked at the start of each semester, brought to you by our Business Librarian, Rob Sage.
Q: Does the Library have textbooks?
Unfortunately, the Library does not buy current textbooks being used in classes. The Library’s mission is to support CSUF’s curriculum with books, journals, databases and other resources, not be a warehouse for textbooks. Even if the Library did stock current textbooks, it would only end up helping a few—who happen to check-out the books first—leaving thousands of others unserved.
There are sometimes cases when a textbook will be in the library. For example, if a copy of the textbook was donated to the library or an electronic copy is made available by one of our e-book providers.
Also, Assigned readings are different from textbooks. We do have many assigned readings (example: if you are taking a literature class and have to read Shakespeare’s Hamlet, yes, we have copies of that in the library!)
So to check if the library has a textbook, search the library’s online catalog: Search Page:
- Search by Title or Author.
- You can also search by the ISBN # too, but don’t rely on it only…textbooks can have varying ISBN #’s.
If you find your textbook, make sure it is the same edition! An older edition may not have the same content.
Search for Reserves: If your instructor has placed a copy of a textbook on reserve in the library (normal checkout period is 3 hours), you can search for it by your instructor’s name. Searching by title or course number will not work. Go to Search Page to search for books on reserve.
Q: Can textbooks be sent from another library (Interlibrary Loan)?
Interlibrary Loan is a great service, but it is for regular library materials, not textbooks. With over 38,000 students at CSUF, the cost to ship thousands of textbooks here each semester would be unsustainable.