Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find textbooks and course readings in the library?



For Your Courses:

  1. Does the Library own my textbook?
    The libraries don't specifically buy textbooks but in partnership with the University Bookstores, the University Libraries are excited to be able to provide you with a list of U of M required textbooks held in the library ebook collection. You can use this book as your primary textbook or use it on days you don’t want to bring your textbook to campus or read during an unexpected free hour. Also search MNCAT Discovery with the title of your textbook to see if we have it in print.
    Tip: If we have an older edition, ask your instructor or a classmate to see what parts are different and plan accordingly.

  2. Did your instructor put materials on reserve at the Libraries?
    Check the Course Reserves or the Course Pages on the Libraries homepage. Log in to view your courses.
    Tip: If your books aren't listed, ask your instructor to put your textbooks, course packet or readings on reserve at the Libraries.

  3. Do the libraries own articles on the readings lists or in course packets?
    Maybe. Check the Course Reserves for your class if your instructor has put it on Reserve. Or you can also search MNCAT Discovery by the "article title" or the "journal title" and check to see if we have the year, volume and issue you need.

For Research on Curriculum (e.g. Education majors, teachers, etc.):

  1. The department of Curriculum & Instruction maintains a Curriculum Library. It is not a part of the University Libraries system.
  2. The University Libraries have put together this resource page to assist with textbook and curriculum research.


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