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Library Textbook Update

Library Textbooks Update

Textbook Publishers Restrict E-Textbook Sales
The following publishers will not allow libraries to purchase an e-textbook version of their publications:


McGraw Hill

Oxford University Press 

Most publishers of ‘common reads,’ popular fiction, and popular nonfiction

Many health sciences texts

In the many courses that have adopted textbooks by these publishers, students who do not purchase the textbook will not have any alternative access to the textbook content. These publishers have the resources to support a global reliance on flexible distribution and choose not to. See the CSUN Library statement for more information.

Library Course Reserves

Print Reserves and Semester Loan Textbooks Unavailable

  • The ELAC Libraries remain closed due to COVID-19.
  • Print textbooks in our Reserve and Semester Textbook collections are unavailable. 
  • ELAC Library staff are working remotely and unable to scan textbooks.
  • Students can purchase textbooks, including some e-textbooks, from the ELAC Bookstore or other online textbook vendors. Visit our Electronic Textbook Access guide for a list of options.

Textbook Options

Alternative Textbook Options
We can help you explore and identify textbook alternatives, including:

1. OER Materials
Adopt an open educational resource (OER). OERs are freely available educational materials that are openly licensed to allow for re-use and modification by instructors. Visit the ELAC Library OER Guide and/or Find OER by Department Guide to locate open textbooks and other open learning resources.


2. Library E-Books (Non-textbooks) & Database Articles
Use an existing e-book in the relevant subject area from the library’s e-book collections or request that the library purchase one. Login with your ACE account.

ELAC Library Article Databases
EBSCO E-Book Collection
Gale E-Books
ProQuest E-Book Central

Note: Some academic e-books are not considered textbooks and are therefore available for the library to purchase as e-books; however, Digital Rights Management (DRM) restrictions can limit the number of simultaneous users and limit copying, printing, and downloading. 

3. Library Resources in Canvas
Learn how to link to content from the library’s existing collection of electronic resources (tutorials, e-books, journal articles, streaming media, and other digital materials) in Canvas. Visit our faculty support page to learn more.

Source: Information adopted from CSUN Library.

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