Hints & Tips
These are some simple tips to obtain your textbooks effectively and efficiently...
1. Library books...for all to share
Books borrowed from the library are guaranteed for 4 week check out period (at a minimum) -- after which they can be recalled for another borrower to use. It is probable you're not the only one trying to get a copy of the book from the Library. If it has not been recalled, you can renew it for another 4 weeks.
2. Plan ahead
Why? Maybe a book isn't needed until halfway through the quarter, and you can afford to wait a bit on buying that particular book. Maybe the online service that has your book is down. Maybe there is no on-line vendor with your book.
3. Check Your Syllabus!
Why? Sometimes you really don't need the whole book, may be just a chapter or a portion of the book.
4. Always keep track of your books - never leave them unattended!
Why? Because bad things happen. You might lose your textbook, it might get stolen, or any number of unfortunate events.
5. Search by ISBN
Why? The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is the code for that specific book you need. Newer/older editions usually have different content, and the specific book your class requires may have something you need particularly for that class. Don't know the ISBN? Contact your professor! (Or check Amazon, but be SURE you've got the right edition with the right ISBN.)
Q. What is the most frequently asked question during the beginning of each quarter in the La Sierra University Library?
A. Does the Library have textbooks?
As a general rule, the Library does not purchase class/course textbooks for the library collections. As a La Sierra University student, textbook purchases are your responsibility. However, the Library occasionally purchases key texts which are considered significant contributions to a subject discipline. The tabs along the top of this Research Guide provide you with more information and options for locating textbooks.
Steps to Take
1. Search the La Sierra University Library catalog. Please note the call number, and the specific location of the item. Some books used for classes are temporarily placed on Reserve, or may be in a Reference Collection.
2. Search the La Sierra University Library e-book collection: Ebrary
3. Search the La Sierra University Course Reserve system. A professor may have placed a copy on Reserve. Items on Reserve may be used for a limited period of time -- depending on the professor's instructions -- to allow you to read a chapter, take notes, etc. Items on reserve may also be found by searching the Library catalog.
4. Order the book via interlibrary loan from LINK+
5. Check the La Sierra University bookstore
6. Check Internet sites (see Internet E-Libraries and Portals.)
Textbook Rentals/Online Textbooks
New Options for Students: Rentals! (titles vary by vendor/publisher)
These are newer options for our students who wish to get their textbooks for a reduced price.
It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you read the full FAQ and Agreement before renting any textbooks or buying electronic copies.
Things to consider for Online Textbooks...
- If the vendor requires a separate program (ie, not web browser based viewing) to actually get to your books
- If access is perpetual (For all time!) or only for the semester (temporary access)
Things to consider for Rented Textbooks...
- If the vendor has a specific return-by date and what the penalties might be
- If the vendor has specific criteria by which they accept the book back (no damage, certain paperwork, etc)
A new option for La Sierra students are eTextbooks, available through the Campus Bookstore Website.
These are potentially money and back saving options for many students, but there are important elements to know! Call the bookstore at 951-785-2196 for any questions.
1. You can only use them on full computers. As of now, you can use iPads, but not Nook or Kindle tablets, to view the material. You can download them on "web-capable" smart phones.
2. You can only use them on up to two (2) computers. This means 'sharing' the material is ill-advised.
3. The instant you download the textbook, or use the access code for the particular textbook, you will not be able to get a refund if you end up switching courses.
4. Printing out parts of the textbook is restricted with a finite limit on how much you can reproduce from the eTextbook. Only print out parts of the book you explicitly need for other purposes.
5. Access to the material is controlled by a strict license. The time-frame cannot be extended unless the student/user re-rents the same material for another quarter. If you think you may need the material beyond the very specific dates listed in the license, you may want to consider buying the book.
A BIG shout out to Chris Magee from George Mason University for allowing us to use his LibGuide and tailor it to La Sierra U!
LINK+ Interlibrary Loan
IF we do not have the book here at La Sierra U, you should always check LINK+ to see if you can order the book via inter-library loan for a few weeks from another library.
LINK+ is a consortium of 40+ libraries in the western U.S. that share materials. Books arrive in 3 working days at no cost (well, you can bet it's rolled into your tuition!) to you.
Call, email or visit a librarian (see below) if you have questions.