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Course Reserves + Textbooks

Course Reserves are materials required by professors for your classes and set aside by the libraries for your use. Many students use a combination of TAP funds at the Campus and Community Store and Course Reserves at the libraries to access to all they need for their courses. Knowing what the libraries offer can help you decide how best to use your TAP funds

The libraries prioritize providing online access. That said, we're unfortunately not able to provide online access to everything. (See the Note about Textbooks, below.) 

Using TAP Funds | Find Your Course Reserves in Tripod | Check out Course Reserves from the Reserves Desks

Using Your TAP Funds

Here's how to make the most effective use of your TAP funds through the College & Community Store:

  • Use the College Store search tool and course syllabi to find out what books (and other course materials) your professors require.
  • Check Book Notes for library availability.
  • You can also search for your book in Tripod to see if the Libraries offer a print copy or a free digital version. (Pay attention to any restrictions that might impact your reading experience - for example, 1 reader at a time.) 
  • You may choose to prioritize using your TAP funds for books that the libraries don't offer.

Find Your Course Reserves in Tripod

Check out Course Reserves in the Libraries from the Reserves Desks

The libraries also provide Course Reserves in print. You may check Tripod for availability first, but also simply ask for what you need at the Reserves Desks in Cornell, McCabe and Underhill Libraries.

A Note about Textbooks

Library staff continuously explore approaches to how we might acquire course textbooks to make sure that students have online access, but this work is complicated by textbook publishers who do not provide electronic purchasing options for libraries. Many existing course textbooks are simply unavailable to any library, anywhere, regardless of budget, in formats other than print.

If your course requires you to have access to one of these publisher's ebooks, you'll need to consider purchasing or renting a copy for yourself. The big textbook publishers include Pearson Education, Scholastic, McGraw-Hill Education, Cengage Learning, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, among others.