The ZSR Library will continue its textbook pilot program into a second year. The project began in the fall of 2012 as a strategic initiative to help address the financial burden that textbook purchases place on students. Through an arrangement with the bookstore, ZSR purchases one book for every undergraduate course with 30 or more students. The pilot was slow to catch on during fall 2012 with only a small percentage of the purchased material having circulated. However, usage was significantly higher in the spring semester. As a result, the pilot will continue for a second year to determine whether usage keeps rising.
The Textbook Collection is kept behind the Circulation Desk, and interested students can request them for checkout. New fall 2013 texts are available now. See a complete list of books online.
Just like Course Reserves materials, the textbooks circulate only in the building for two hours at a time. While the collection includes a large number of books, it does not contain every book used in an undergraduate course. It does contain many of the more expensive and interestingly, heavier texts! Hopefully, the textbooks will assist students who otherwise might not have easy access to their assigned reading material. They also assist students who might not want to lug their heavy textbook across campus, yet happen to be studying in the library.
If you know of a textbook that warrants inclusion that has been overlooked, please contact Mary Beth Lock.