Searching for Textbooks in the Library

Textbooks may be available as ebooks or hard copy books in the library, but the library does not buy textbooks for every class. There are two ways to see whether your textbook is available.

  1. Search the textbook title in OneSearch and click on the title. The catalog entry will show you all the locations where your book can be found.
    Screenshot of a catalog record for the textbook "Five hundred years: America in the world" and its respective publication information. The screenshot shows headings for "Location," "Call #," "Note," and "Status" and respective book information under each heading. Under the heading "Location," it lists the places where the book is located. One of the location places, "UNR KC Reserve," is highlighted in yellow.
    Screenshot of a catalog record for the textbook "Five hundred years: America in the world" and its respective publication information. The screenshot shows headings for "Location," "Call #," "Note," and "Status" and respective book information under each heading. Under the heading "Location," it lists the places where the book is located. One of the location places, "UNR KC Reserve," is highlighted in yellow.
  2. Check to see whether your instructor has placed a copy of your textbook on reserve, which allows you to check it out for a limited time period. Search for Hard Copy Reserves by course name or instructor on the Finding Course Reserves page. You can check out textbooks on reserve at the Access Services desk.
Screenshot of the Course Reserves search box. In the first drop-down menu, you can search by "Course" or "Instructor." There is a red arrow pointing to the drop-down menu icon. This example shows that "Course" is selected. In the search box is the course name and number, "CH 203," which is enclosed in a red rectangle. There is also a blue "Search" button with the words "Search" in white letters.
Screenshot of the Course Reserves search box. In the first drop-down menu, you can search by "Course" or "Instructor." There is a red arrow pointing to the drop-down menu icon. This example shows that "Course" is selected. In the search box is the course name and number, "CH 203," which is enclosed in a red rectangle. There is also a blue "Search" button with the words "Search" in white letters.

Please note: PDFs of articles, chapters, or other scanned materials can only be found by logging into the complete course record for your course. See Finding Course Reserves for more information.