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Textbooks: Finding Your Textbooks

Buying or Borrowing Books on Campus


The College Bookstore

The Lewis & Clark College Bookstore has textbooks available for purchase and rental. They indicate what 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.


Library Course Reserves

See what items are currently available on reserve for your class under the Borrowing tab of the library website. The default display for the Course Reserves page is by course number (BIO100), but you may also find courses by instructor (Hermann) instead. 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

Items on reserve can be checked out at the Watzek Circulation Desk and have limited loan periods (usually 3 hours) to ensure access for as many students as possible. Please be aware that hourly overdue fines apply to reserve items returned late.


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 39 academic libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho provides materials to current students, staff, and faculty only. Items normally 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.


Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials that reside in the public domain or have liberal license terms that allow free access, use, adaptation, and redistribution by others. These may be a useful supplement to your course materials.

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