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Checking Things Out: Textbooks

Everything you need to know when checking out books, laptops, movies, or anything else from the Galvin Library.

Textbooks - Course Reserves

Textbooks and other course reserves allow students to use materials set aside by faculty to assist in coursework. This may include textbooks, reading material, practice exams, problem sets, etc. For questions on reserves, contact the library at

Print Reserve materials are available only at the Circulation Desk. This includes books, videos, textbooks, and other copyrighted material. These materials can only be checked out by the IIT community or members of other I-SHARE libraries, and must be returned during the allotted loan period (usually 2 hours). Library users are only allowed to check out one reserve item at a time. Reserve materials cannot be renewed and must be returned directly to the Circulation Desk. There is a 15-minute waiting period before re-borrowing a returned reserve item.

It is not library policy, nor practice, to purchase circulating copies of textbooks for students. Some current textbooks have been placed on reserve.

Finding Your Course Textbooks

The Paul V. Galvin Library will purchase one copy of each required undergraduate textbook for inclusion in the library's Reserve collection.

You can find the textbooks you need for your courses by searching the IIT Bookstore's page.

Course Reserves can also be found by performing a library catalog search limited to Course Reserves. You can search by the book's author, title, or ISBN; you can also search by the course name, number, or instructor.


Requesting Scanned Reserve Chapters

While we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the library is offering a Course Reserves digitization service. Students can request for textbook chapters to be scanned, after which they can be viewed in 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.