Q. 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 regretfully cannot purchase traditional print textbooks assigned for courses at CSUDH, due to budgetary constraints and the rapid inflation of textbook prices. However, we support instruction in a variety of other ways, including the the Course Reserves program, the Toro Textbook Library for high-enrollment courses with high-cost materials assigned (along with other criteria here), and the Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) initiative.

Please 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
 Permanent purchase of traditional print textbooks, such as those published by McGraw-Hill

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  
green check mark Utilize CSU+ and Interlibrary Loan to borrow materials from other libraries  



Contact Chris Acosta (x3678) or Wendy Vermeer (x3134)


Contact Chris Acosta (x3678) or Joanna Kimmitt (x2088)


Contact Cristina Springfield (x2062)





  • Last Updated Feb 28, 2020
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