The Library Learning Commons is a student-centered, student-driven environment. Our primary goal is to provide our students with the necessary tools they need to attain academic success. To understand how our students utilize our resources and to anticipate their changing needs, we carefully listen to comments and suggestions voiced by the student body.
Frequently students come to the library asking to check out textbooks for their courses. However, often the textbooks they require cannot be found on our shelves. It is well-known that each year students spend an average of $1,200 on textbooks and the prices continue to skyrocket. As a consequence, students are often unable to purchase the textbooks required for their courses – – thus, their course grades suffer significantly. Hearing repeated textbook requests from the students and considering the number of students not purchasing textbooks for their courses led us to launch the Textbook Reserve Program.
The first step was deciding which textbooks needed to be purchased. After discussion and deliberation with other key players on campus (Project Strive TRiO Director, Transitional Studies Director, Learning Center Project Coordinator and various faculty), we decided to focus on courses in the Essential Studies Program. We have been able to purchase about one third of these titles and will add more as funds or donations are made.
As the textbooks are received, they will be added to the library collection, placed on reserve, and the titles will be advertised on the Textbook Reserve Program webpage. These textbooks will be treated in the same fashion as all reserve materials in that:
- Textbooks can be checked out at the circulation desk.
- Textbooks are available for a two-hour loan period.
- Textbooks are for in-house use only.
- Textbooks are available on a first-come, first served basis.
- Textbooks cannot be reserved.
By implementing this program, we hope to develop a relationship with our students by opening a pathway to the library and assisting them through a successful academic journey. The tentative kick-off date for the Textbook Reserve Program is January 2017.