Q: Does the Library have textbooks?
The Library does not buy every textbook being used at CSUF. The Library’s mission is to support CSUF’s curriculum with supplemental resources beyond textbooks, not be a warehouse for textbooks. However, sometimes you will find your textbook!
►SEARCH THE LIBRARY CATALOG: you can also search the library's catalog, OneSearch, for textbooks. You can type in the title, author, or ISBN #. But review the displayed results carefully! Textbooks often have varying titles or ISBN #s Also, check the edition! Your current textbook may be the 6th edition (2019), but the library's copy may only be the 2nd edition (2004). That's a 15-year difference, and risky to study from.
►DID YOUR INSTRUCTOR PUT A COPY ON RESERVE? Some instructors put a copy of the textbook on "Reserve" in the library, for short-term (usually 3-hour) use. Although this doesn't help for studying at home, it is at least an option. At OneSearch, type your instructor's name and choose the "Course Reserves" option to see if your textbook is there.
If the Pollak Library does not have your textbook, other libraries might. When searching the library's OneSearch catalog, you can see if your textbook is available at another CSU campus library. If it is, you can borrow it directly from OneSearch, and it will be shipped here (for free) for you to pickup at the library's Circulation Desk. However, keep in mind it is not always likely your request will be successful. Other CSU libraries frequently put "local campus use only" restrictions on new textbooks. Similarly, in the WorldCat catalog, you might see your textbook available at a non-CSU library (UC campus, private university, etc.). You can try requesting it as an Interlibrary Loan request, but again, it is not always likely that it will be loaned, for the same reason ("local campus use only" restrictions for new textbooks).
The CSUF Titan bookstore offers many textbooks as e-books. E-books are cheaper than printed textbooks. You can see if the bookstore sells your textbook as an e-book here: http://www.titanbookstore.com/SelectTermDept.aspx If they don’t have your book as an e-book, the vendors below sell e-book textbooks. Warning: check the terms of e-books carefully before purchasing; many cannot be returned/refunded.
There are a growing number of online sites to buy textbooks. The following sites below are known to be legitimate search sites. When buying online, keep in mind the trade-offs: shipping and delays. If your book is $20 cheaper than a local bookstore, but your shipping/processing costs are $14.99 and you have to wait 2 weeks, is the $5 difference really worth the delay and hassle? Also, check their return policy; will they pre-pay returns if they send you the wrong edition? If not, you’re stuck with paying.
All non-CSUF sites listed in this guide are for informational purpose only. CSUF & the Pollak Library do not endorse or affiliate with any of these sites.
© CSUF January 2020 Compiled by Librarians Rob Sage & John Hickok