Answered By: Claire Bowling
Last Updated: May 25, 2020     Views: 100

Generally, the library does not purchase textbooks, particularly new textbooks or the most recent editions. Please see UNI Bookstore for textbook information.

If the library does own a copy of a textbook, either print book or ebook, it will be findable in OneSearch. Note that some ebooks allow only 1 user at a time, and the typical borrowing period for print books is 3 weeks for undergraduate students.

Some instructors may choose to place a course textbook on reserve, which usually means a single copy is available at the Library Services Desk for in-library use. Electronic reserves are available for articles or limited portions of books (within copyright guidelines). 

Interlibrary loan is usually not a good option for textbooks because other libraries set the borrowing time and it is typically far shorter than a semester (average around 3-4 weeks).

Some textbooks may be available electronically via free tools such as Google Books (often a preview only).

Information for Faculty

Contact your liaison librarian before requiring or recommending a library ebook for a course to determine the level of access. UNI is a member of the Open Textbook Network (OTN) which offers open access textbooks. If you have any questions, please contact us