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Course Reserves Options

CSUN faculty and students have other options for print textbooks and other books that are typically put on course reserve in the University Library.

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 currently 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. Purchases subject to availability from our vendors.

Faculty can also request that reserves staff scan a small portion of print books/textbooks through our Instructional Materials Scanning form. 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). 

Contact Course Reserves & Curricular Resources at or call (818) 677-3282.

If the Library cannot provide access to specific textbooks and materials to help students save money, faculty should also consider other affordable resources as alternatives. Students may want to consider buying used, or renting electronic and print textbooks, from the following sources: