One of the articles in the October 2016 blog introduced the upcoming Textbook Reserve Program – an initiative intended to reduce the burden of the rising textbook costs encumbered by our student population (Map Priority 3 and Map Priority 6). The Textbook Reserve Program was launched in early January 2017 (the beginning of the Spring semester); and, according to the usage statistics, it was well received by our students.
The Textbook Reserve Program does not replace the Faculty Reserve Collection. The primary difference between the two is the location and the type of material. The books that are added to the Textbook Reserve Program are owned by the Library. The books that are added to the Faculty Reserve Collection are books/materials that are personally owned by the faculty. Both collections are:
- Available for check-out at the circulation desk
- Available for a two hour loan period
- Available for in-house use only
Due to budget restraints the textbooks that we purchased for the Textbook Reserve Program were those that are required for the Essential Studies Program. Currently we have about one third of these titles and we are adding to the collection as funds or donations are received. In addition to the titles that were purchased for the Essential Studies Program, we received donations from faculty that were also added to the collection. If you are interested in participating in either program and/or if you have a textbook that is required for your course(s) that you would like to add to the Textbook Reserve Program or Faculty Reserve Collection, please feel free to call Shawn Hartman at 308.430.7059 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.