As Amended August 27, 2018
Placing Physical Copies of Course Texts on Course Reserve
When requested by the faculty member teaching the course, the library will place on course reserve physical copies of course texts which are already part of the library collection or copies provided to the library by a faculty member, the College bookstore, or another source. Unless the library has been informed that the text will be used again for a course in a subsequent semester, or unless the text was provided as a donation to the library, these texts will be returned to the providing party at the end of the semester for which they have been reserved.
The library does not purchase physical copies of textbooks that it does not already own nor does it purchase newer editions of textbooks of which an earlier edition is already in the collection.
Electronic Course Texts
The library owns or subscribes to collections of electronic materials that might be suitable as course texts. However, rights on electronic resources are restricted in some cases to one user viewing at a time, and in other cases, publishers may decided to remove titles from collections to which the library subscribes. For those reasons, faculty intending to use electronic materials (ebooks, streaming media, image collections) in the library collection should contact the library before the semester so that library staff can confirm the materials’ availability for multiple users through the end of the semester in which the course will be taught.
The library does not purchase electronic versions of textbooks that it does not already own, where “textbook” is as defined above.