Use OneSearch or the Course Reserves Search to see if the Library has the book or media title in electronic format, including BibliU an e-textbook borrowing system now available to CSUN students enrolled in about 30 courses during spring semester. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (818) 677-3282. Students and faculty can also request interlibrary loan for links to 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:
- CSUN Campus Store
- Better World Books