Answered By: Linda Miles
Last Updated: Jan 08, 2024     Views: 781

Q: Can I borrow the textbook for my course?

A: Maybe. Here's how to find out:

  • First, find out if the textbook is available in the Hostos Library "Reserve Textbook Collection"
    • Use OneSearch to search for the textbook by name.
    • After you search, click on "currently on shelf" on the left-hand side of the page, which will show you only physical books that have not been checked out.
    • If the result shows "Hostos Library Reserve," that means it is in the Reserve Collection.

shows the call number on the OneSearch screen

  • Write down the call number (the code in parentheses), which is the book's address.
  • Bring the call number to the Reserves Room on the top floor of the library. You can borrow a Reserves book for two hours - loan times are short so everyone in your class has the chance to read or photocopy that week's assigned reading.)

  • If we DON'T have your textbook in the library:
    • There's a small chance that we have an ebook version - search in OneSearch (but don't click on "currently on shelf") to see if there is a version that says "available online".
    • You can also try one of the public libraries (although they do not often carry textbooks)
    • If you need to buy/rent the book, here are some recommendations and advice about finding reputable websites.

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