Policy | Exceptions | OhioLINK | Renting | eTextbooks | ILLiad (interlibrary loan)
Library Policy on Buying textbooks
Like many academic libraries, Xavier's library does not purchase textbooks. This is a general policy, but there are exceptions.
Faculty may place a textbook on traditional reserves. You can check to see if a textbook is on reserves by entering the professor's name or the course number in the search box below:
In addition, some textbooks are added to the collection through donations and other means. You can check to see if we have a textbook in XPLORE Library Catalog by entering the title of the textbook in the search box below:
Borrowing Textbooks from OhioLINK
You can also request a textbook from one of the 89 colleges and universities in the State of Ohio! Just check to see if OhioLINK has the textbook you need by entering the title of the textbook in the search box below:
Just click the Request this Item and follow your on-screen instructions. See the library 's help page for more information. These books may take 3-5 business days to arrive at Xavier. You will be notified of their arrival in your Xavier email account. Provided no one else wants the textbook, you may keep it for 21 days with 4 renewals at 21 days each.
Xavier students can now rent textbooks from the Xavier Bookstore at approximately 50% off the regular price! Just go to Shop the Bookstore Online and then click Textbooks & Course Materials. You will need to select the term and enter information about the course.
For electronic textbooks, the XU Bookstore uses CaféScribe. These books are frequently less expensive (about 50%). There are many features that enhance reading the book in print format, such as searching, note taking and sharing with friends. You can use the digital book on 3 different computers (home, school, work, etc.). Go to CaféScribe and then click Join to create an account.
books Not at Xavier, OhioLINK Or the XU Bookstore
Set up an account (instructions) to request a textbook that Xavier, OhioLINK or the XU Bookstore does not have in print or electronic formats. These textbooks may may take 2-3 weeks to arrive at Xavier. You will be notified of their arrival in your Xavier email account. Typically the owning institutions will NOT permit the interlibrary loan of textbooks published in the current year and frequently they do NOT permit renewals.