Q. What kinds of materials can the library purchase for my class?

I'm a course instructor. Can the library purchase the required textbook for my class and place it in course reserves?


The University Library regretfully cannot purchase traditional print textbooks assigned for courses at CSUDH, due to budgetary constraints and the rapid inflation of textbook prices. However, we support instruction in a variety of other ways, including the the Course Reserves program, and the Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) initiative. Please refer to the table below for ways the library can make learning more affordable for students:



University Library Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) Not Supported
green check mark Place instructors' personal or review copy of the textbook on Course Reserves green check mark NEW FOR FALL: 
Print Textbook Support Pilot Program
Selected print textbooks that adhere to criteria which support student success. Rental or purchased copies will be made available to students at Course Reserves
 Purchase of e-textbooks licensed for individual use, such as those published by Pearson
green check mark Accept donations of older editions of textbooks green check mark Assist faculty to adopt library-owned electronic books as the course textbook
 Purchase of traditional print textbooks, such as those published by McGraw-Hill

green check mark Selectively purchase print and electronic books and journals which support the overall curriculum
 green check mark Where available, purchase the electronic version of an assigned book  
green check mark Utilize CSU+ and Interlibrary Loan to borrow materials from other libraries
green check mark Identify Open Educational Resources (OER), such as open texts, learning objects, and videos, that can be used in place of traditional textbooks

Questions? Contact Chris Acosta (x3678) or Wendy Vermeer (x3134)

Questions? Contact Naomi Moy (x2086)  



Please also refer to our guide on linking to library content from within your Blackboard course.


  • Last Updated Aug 30, 2017
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  • Answered By Wendy Vermeer

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