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Textbook Policies

As a general rule, the Libraries do not purchase all of the textbooks used every semester. 

Do not automatically say we do not have a textbook, but do

  1. Check the library catalog, to see if we do have the book. 

  2. Check the Course Reserves list by class name or instructor name.

    It is important to check the course reserves system in addition to the "regular" library catalog because some faculty members may place personal copies on reserve. These personal copies are returned at the end of the semester and do not become part of the Libraries' general collections. Therefore, they are not cataloged in InfoLinks.

  3. If you do not find the textbook in the catalog or course reserves list, and you feel that the item should be added to the collection, forward the WorldCat record or bibliographic information to the appropriate subject selector.

    a. The subject librarian will check with the course instructor to see if they have a personal copy they would be willing to put on reserve for the class.  If so, the librarian will take the item to Charles Sabo or to the appropriate reserve desk together with the information about the course.

    b. If the faculty member does not own a personal copy, the subject selector will decide if it should be ordered or not and complete the course reserves form for the faculty member or ask the faculty member to complete it.

    c. The processing reserves desk will work with Acquisitions to obtain the item and place it on course reserve.

    d. Items costing less than $50 will be ordered on the reserve fund. 
    Items costing more than $50 will be referred to the Director for Collections Services and Systems for evaluation. 
    Subject Selectors may elect to purchase expensive items with discretionary funds

    e. When the book arrives, it will be processed for reserve under the name and number of the course. 

Inform the student that we cannot guarantee that the Libraries will automatically buy the book. The student should keep checking course reserve system to see if the item has been added.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan should not be recommended as a source for textbooks. ILL Policy states that:

"The Interlibrary Loan Department is unable to borrow current semester textbooks. Requests for current textbooks will be forwarded to the appropriate subject selector for purchase consideration." --ILL Policies page

Other Sources for Textbooks

The following are alternatives to getting the textbook from the library.

Area public libraries

Fayetteville Public Library: http://catalog.faylib.org/polaris/

Rogers Public Library: http://library.rpl.lib.ar.us/

Washington County Library System:  http://www.co.washington.ar.us/index.aspx?page=619
(Elkins, Farmington, Greenland, Lincoln, Prairie Grove, Springdale, West Fork, Winslow)

You can also use the Find More! button in the library catalog to redirect your search to these catalogs.


New  and Used Textbooks

University of Arkansas Bookstore
616 Garland Avenue

Campus Book Store
624 W Dickson

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
4144 N College Avenue

Borders Books
2107 Promenade Blvd.
Rogers, AR
479 631-6141

Hastings Books
2999 College Ave

Dickson Street Bookshop, Inc.
325 W Dickson Street

Internet Sources

Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/)

Barnes & Noble Textbooks (http://www.barnesandnoble.com)

CheapestTextbooks.com (http://www.cheapestextbooks.com)

Flat World Knowledge (http://www.flatworldknowledge.com)
Provides free online access to some textbooks plus print-on-demand, audio and downloadable versions. This fall it is adding versions for electronic book readers.

Free eBooks by Project Gutenberg (http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page)
Project Gutenberg is a library of well over 16,000 high-quality eBooks, mainly classics of world literature.


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Last updated: 2016-06-13