Do you have my textbook in the library?
August 12, 2010 at 9:30 AM
At the beginning and end of nearly every semester, and a few times in the middle, students come to our reference desk asking whether we have a copy of their law school textbook. We do not purchase textbooks for each law school class. So, you usually won’t find your text on our shelves unless a professor has put the textbook on reserve for the class or a student has donated a copy to the library at the end of a previous class. Even if we do have the title, it will often be an older edition than is being used in current classes.
Print and electronic books in our collection are listed in OSCAR, the library catalog, which is available online. You can search OSCAR by author, title and -- in the case of books on course reserve -- by your law professor’s name or course name. Most of this information will be on your course syllabus. You can also find the course name/number and the professor’s name on the Fall 2010 course schedule.