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Textbooks: Finding Your Textbooks

Watzek Library maintains a collection of textbooks for short-term loan called Course Reserves. These items can only be checked out for three hours at a time, unlike most other library books. This page highlights options for finding textbooks on campus.

Borrowing Books on Campus

Library Course Reserves

Course Reserves are required or recommended class materials available to check out from the library service desk for three hours at a time. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If someone else is using an item, there may not be another copy available to borrow at that time. If an ebook is available for a class, it will also be listed under Course Reserves.

Course Reserves for CORE120 with Kugler

To see which class materials the library has to borrow, visit the library's Course Reserves page. Students will need to know the course number (CORE120) or the instructor's name (Kugler) to look up items on reserve. You can also look here to see if an item is currently checked out by another student or if it is available for use. 

Borrowing Policies for Library Course Reserves

Course Reserves have 3-hour loan periods to ensure access to these items for as many students as possible. Course reserves cannot be renewed, and overdue fines are charged hourly to items that are returned late. These materials must be returned to the library service desk. Please be aware that library items may not be written in, and damaged items will result in fines.  

Borrowing From Other Libraries

Materials that are not available at Lewis & Clark, including checked-out and missing items, may be borrowed from other libraries via Summit. This consortium of academic libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho provides materials to current students, staff, and faculty. Items typically arrive at the library service desk within three to five business days. You can find Summit materials, along with L&C items, in Primo. Students, staff, and faculty may also borrow materials on-site at any Summit library with an L&C ID card.

Books, journal articles and other materials not available through Summit may be available via interlibrary loan. You can find materials available at libraries around the world and submit requests using WorldCat. Not all textbooks are available to borrow. Give this option a try, but the bookstore and course reserves are your best bet for getting your textbooks.

Purchasing Textbooks from the Bookstore

The Lewis & Clark College Bookstore has textbooks available for purchase and rental. They indicate which texts are assigned for classes on their website and in their store located on campus. You can look up these texts using their Find Textbooks search tool, which allows you to look up classes by term, department, course, and section. Searching for courses here will generate a list of the textbooks assigned for each course. Please contact the bookstore directly for more information about purchasing or renting from the bookstore.

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