A Few Words of Caution...
Please keep in mind the following:
- The Library and the Bookstore are two separate entities! The bookstore sells books, the library LOANS them out -- some for three weeks at a time, others for just an hour or two. To purchase your textbook, go to the Riverside City College Bookstore, or buy it from their online store. If you do not know which book(s) you need, the bookstore's online store can help you determine that as well. See the Bookstore tab above for more information.
- The Library does not have a textbook collection. To buy all required textbooks, even one copy each, would exceed our entire library budget! However, sometimes an instructor will place a copy of their textbook on reserve, meaning that it is available for Library Use Only, for up to two hours at a time. And sometimes someone will donate a textbook to the library and we will add it to the collection. (It couldn't hurt to ask your instructor to put a copy on reserve at the library!)
- You must know the title/author/year/edition of your textbook to search for your book in the Library Catalog. This information is usually found in your Course Syllabus. If it is not listed, you can look up this information in the Bookstore's online ordering system (see Bookstore tab above).
- If you do find your textbook in the Library Catalog, double check the edition and publication year. Most of the time if we do have a textbook, it is an older, out-of-date edition which may or may not still be helpful...ask your instructor if an older edition is acceptable. Library books from the Main Stacks check out for 21 days.
Use the tabs above to explore ways of finding a textbook if you cannot purchase it from the Bookstore, or if the Library does not hold a copy.
This LibGuide has been modified with permission from Amy Herman, Olympic College, Bremerton, WA.