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Richard J. Daley Library Website: Textbooks and Course Reserves

Accessing Textbooks

If you need to access your textbook but are unable to purchase it, here are some potential options:

1. Check the library catalog: Search for your textbook in the library catalog. Most current textbooks are available as "Reserves" and can be checked out the book for two hours for in-library use only. 

If there are older editions or multiple copies of the textbook available, it may be available from the stacks as a 3 week loan.

Contact a librarian at Daley to see if the textbook is available as an InterLibrary Loan from another library in Illinois.

2. Ask your professor: If you need a section or chapter of your textbook as a stop-gap until you can get a copy for yourself, your course instructor may be able to work with the library to have a portion scanned for personal use.

3. Reach out the the publisher: Although most publishers have stopped providing emergency access as they did in the latter half of Spring 2020, there are some publishers who are accepting requests from individual students for help getting textbooks. Publisher information for textbooks can be found on the Barnes & Noble page for your book.

4. Check the Chicago Public Library: the Chicago Public Library (CPL) does not normally have textbooks, but some course materials are not traditional textbooks. You may find the book you need in the CPL catalog if it is fiction, popular non-fiction, a short story without commentary, or a scholarly monograph.

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