Answered By: Kira Appel
Last Updated: Nov 12, 2018     Views: 27

When faculty submit orders to Barnes & Noble for student textbook purchases, the Libraries receive a copy of the order. And, if an institutional license ebook exists, the Libraries will acquire it and place it on Course Reserve to support reducing textbook costs for students.

Unfortunately, there are the following limitations:

  • Not all books are available electronically

  • Some ebooks go out of print and are no longer available for purchase

  • The library cannot buy a physical book and scan it to create a digital version of that text

  • The library cannot buy individually licensed ebooks such as Amazon/Kindle and Barnes and Noble/Nook

  • The library can only buy electronic books that have an institutional license

  • Ebooks with institutional licenses range from single user to unlimited user. For Course Reserves, the library will choose the ebook license with the most generous terms possible to accommodate a high volume of use if it's available.

If faculty place a reserves request for an electronic version of a book and the library cannot fulfill that request, the faculty will be notified and the library will offer to put the print book on the reserves shelf instead.