What kinds of materials can the library purchase for my class?

I'm a course instructor. Can the library purchase the required textbook for my class and place it in course reserves?


The University Library accepts suggestions for book purchases (click here to submit a suggestion). Suggestions are reviewed under the following criteria:

  • Relevance to CSUDH curricula
  • Supports teaching and learning 
  • Cost of material / availability of funds

Regretfully, we cannot acquire DVDs at this time. However, we support instruction in a variety of other ways, including the Course Reserves program, the Toro Textbook Library, and the Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) initiative. You may also refer to our guide on linking to library content from within your Blackboard course.

Please refer to the table below for ways the library can make learning more affordable for students:


Regular Library Collections Toro Textbook Library  Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) Not Supported
green check mark Place instructors' personal or review copy of the textbook on Course Reserves green check mark Help students identify if their materials are available to check out as a part of the collection green check mark Assist faculty to adopt library-owned electronic books as the course textbook  Purchase of e-textbooks licensed for individual use, such as those published by Pearson
green check mark Accept donations of older editions of textbooks   green check mark Where available, and as meets our criteria for purchase, purchase the electronic version of an assigned book

green check mark Selectively purchase print and electronic books and journals which support the overall curriculum
   green check mark Identify Open Educational Resources (OER), such as open texts, learning objects, and videos, that can be used in place of traditional textbooks  Individual streaming videos from providers other than Kanopy
green check mark Utilize CSU+ and Interlibrary Loan to borrow materials from other libraries  



Contact Hallie Clawson (x2062) or Course Reserves (x3717)


Contact Course Reserves (x3717)


Contact Hallie Clawson (x2062)


Contact Hallie Clawson (x2062)




  • Last Updated Jan 26, 2024
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