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Course Reserves Options

Print Textbooks and Books on Reserve Available:

CSUN students can access print Course Reserves materials, including textbooks, for in-library use only on the Main Floor, Monday through Friday 10am to 4pm during the summer. Textbooks and other materials on reserve may be requested through OneSearch and a scanner is available.

Once you have an email notifying you that the book is ready to pick up, please wait at the Library's front entrance until an employee checks your book pickup confirmation email and lets you inside. You must follow campus health and safety guidelines, including taking the Student Screening Survey. Wearing a mask and six-foot social distancing is required on campus, and while waiting to enter and when inside the Library. Restrooms, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes will be available. Once you pick up your book, a study space inside the Library will be assigned to you if you do not already have one reserved.

Since books cannot be sanitized, please wash or sanitize your hands before and after using and avoid touching any part of your face for your own and the safety of others.

Alternatives to Print Textbooks:

CSUN faculty and students have other options for textbooks and other books that are typically put on reserve, including BibliU, an e-textbook borrowing system available for some courses.

Also check to see if a needed CD/DVD is available in these streaming media resources. Note that the library cannot digitize physical media titles. Subject specialist librarians may suggest alternatives and/or identify availability at local public library branches.

If not available electronically, the library will accept e-book/textbook and streaming media title purchase requests through our Reserve Request Form for faculty and Course Reserve Request Form for students. However, major textbook publishers often do not sell e-textbooks to libraries.

Faculty can also request that reserves staff scan a small portion of print books/textbooks through our Instructional Materials Scanning form. Contact Reserves at or call (818) 677-3282. Students and faculty can also use Interlibrary Loan to request specific chapters from e-books or borrow print books from other libraries for books the Library has on reserve but cannot mail out. Under Fair Use of Copyrighted Resources, faculty may embed links to these and the library’s electronic resources in their course’s Canvas site (for more information, see Embedding Resources in Canvas). Please see the Course Reserves During Closure FAQ for more information.

If the library cannot provide access to specific textbooks, faculty may want to consider other affordable resources as alternatives. Students may want to consider buying used, or renting electronic and print textbooks, from the following websites:

See also Memo to CSUN Faculty Regarding Print Course Reserves