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Illinois Tech Library Guides

Virtual Library Services: Reserves

This guide will serve to assist in accessing our services and resources virtually.

Requesting Scanned Reserve Chapters

We are not currently loaning out physical textbooks in our Reserves collection. However, we are scanning chapters from reserve textbooks and making them accessible online through the library's catalog. The chapter you need might already be viewable in the catalog, but you may request additional chapters to be scanned and made available to view online. Follow these steps to make a scanned chapter request:

1. Locate your textbook using the library's catalog.

2. In the "Get It" section of the textbook's page, select "Digitization"

3. Include the chapter that you need scanned in the form. Please submit one chapter per request; if you need multiple chapters scanned, please submit separate requests for each chapter.

4.Click "Send Digitization Request".

The pages will be scanned within 1 to 3 business days and you will receive an email notifying you that the scanned chapter is available to view. To view the scanned chapter, locate your textbook in the library's catalog again. You will see all currently scanned chapters listed in the "View Online" section, and you may view them in your browser.

COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency Electronic Resource Purchase Policy

In order to support teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, Galvin Library will try to purchase access to electronic materials upon instructor request. Electronic access is subject to vendor availability and user and/or time limits, though resources will be purchased in a way that best replicates our in-person access to our print textbook collection to allow for appropriate access. This may result in resources being restricted to a single user for a limited checkout period, when that option is available. Some items may not be available in an electronic format, or may not be purchased at the discretion of the Collections and Resources Steering group, for reasons such as accessibility issues or inflated pricing. Items requested for purchase should not replace students’ purchasing of required course materials. They are meant to supplement teaching and learning and serve as a back-up when a student is unable to access their required materials. Students experiencing financial difficulties should contact the financial aid office to explore options. 


When possible, instructors are urged to use Open Educational Resources and/or resources already available through Galvin Library. Instructors may contact their subject specialist for more information.

Other Materials

The library is currently open, and most circulation services are available. Books located on the second floor may be checked out as normal. Equipment such as laptops, wifi hotspots, and iPads can also be checked out with normal loan periods as listed on the "Laptops and More" page.

Contact Us

The best way to contact us is via email at library@iit.edu.

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