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FAQ: Does the library have my textbook?

Short, simple how-to and demos of frequently asked questions about using the Libraries and information resources

Finding textbooks

To find out if the library has your textbook, search for it in the catalog or in our Course Reserves system.  

1. Type the textbook title, surrounded by quotes, into UW Libraries Search. As you type the title, you will see that you can search Course Reserves. Alternatively, you can click the down arrow next to Library Resources and change it to Course Reserves.

screenshot of course reserve search. red boxes highlight the dropdown menu for "library resources" and the second option there, "course reserves"

Tip: If you can't remember the textbook title, try searching with the course number and/or name. Ex: ANTH 322.


2. Additionally you can search by clicking on Course Reserves from the UW Libraries home page.

Select Course Reserves Link is highlighted with a yellow box


3. Type your course number OR your instructor's last name (i.e. "Math 124" or "Chen.")

Course Reserves Search Box


4. Click your specific Course Number and Name, OR your Course Instructor to refine your results.

screenshot of course reserves refine results

Tip: If you do not see your course or instructor, you may have to click on Show More


5. Click Availability Options under the title of your textbook.

screenshot of course reserve availability options. the link is highlighted with a red box.

Tip: Location will tell you which library or libraries have a copy of the book. If the location says Closed Reserve, you will need to ask for the textbook at that library's circulation desk. Tips and Policies for Accessing Physical Course Reserves.



Quick Learning Series: Finding a Course Textbook (1:53)