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2017-2018 Textbook pilot

*Notice for Summer Quarter 2018 - Due to a delay in receiving the order list, there may be a longer than usual delay in books arriving on reserve.*

In the 2017/2018 academic year, the Library will proactively purchase all UW Tacoma course textbooks that cost $75 or more. Textbooks will be shelved in the reserve collection at the circulation desk on the first floor of the TLB. All textbooks purchased through this program are first come first serve, and will checkout for 4 hours at a time.


**We are purchasing materials and updating the catalog daily, even into the start of the quarter. Your textbook may be on the way, even if it is not listed in the catalog yet. If you want to know if your text book has been ordered, our reserves staff are always happy to talk to you. Call: 253.692.5748 or email: any time.**

You can search by textbook title, course name or number, or instructor name.

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How long do books check out?

All books purchased through this program will check out for 4 hours. Other course reserves requested by your instructor may have different loan periods

What about books that cost less than $75?

If your textbook costs less than $75 it may still be on reserve. Your instructor may request any material be put on reserve that will support your course. Even students can request reserves! Just fill out a request form and we will try to make the textbook available. Please be aware, purchasing a new book for the collection usually takes several weeks, so request early if you want to have a copy on reserve!

Why is this a pilot?

The Library has been testing the sustainability of making course textbooks available in the library for UW Tacoma students. In academic year 2017/2018, the library will proactively purchase all course textbooks (listed through the UW Bookstore) which cost $75 or more and place them on reserve at the TLB circulation desk. After this year we will review the viability of this program and determine if we can continue it in the future.

Where else on campus can I get a copy of my textbook?

You can always ask your instructor to place one of their personal copies on reserve (if they have one to spare). The TLC also has some copies of current math and science textbooks that can be used while studying or during consultations. TLC copies do not check out.

Who can I talk to if I have questions

You can always contact us if you want to find out if we have your textbook, or want help finding resources. If you'd like to talk to someone about the textbook pilot program, you can contact Serin Anderson ( or Hannah Wilson (


The library will make every attempt to purchase all course texts $75 and over; however, some course resources such as online labs or other "course code" materials are designed for individual registration and can't be purchased and made available through the library. If you are uncertain if your textbook will be available, email our reserve staff and we’ll let you know -


Instructors can still request any book be placed on reserve or purchased for the collection. You can place personal copies of textbooks on reserves, request the purchase of textbooks under $75, or ask that additional materials be made available on reserve. Please visit our instructor support page if you have questions, or contact reserve staff about the best way to make materials available to your students.