Course Reserves + Textbooks
Course Reserves are library materials required by professors for your classes and set aside by the libraries. Our goal is to facilitate fair and equitable use by all class members. We're working with professors and the Campus & Community Store to provide as much online access as possible. We aim to provide access to all required class materials, but unfortunately we can't provide online access to certain textbooks (see Note about Textbooks below). (Updated 12/17/20)
Digital reserves lists: Fall 2020 | J-Term 2021
We're still updating the J-Term list, so check back for updates over the next couple of weeks. Use CTRL + F to search for your course or book.
textbooks in tripod
- If you know the book title, search Tripod for it.
- To see a list of items for your course, choose the Course Reserves category:
Some ways you can find course reserves in Tripod:
- Keyword: psychology
- Course Department: Swarthmore Psychology
- Course Code or Name: PSYC 045 or Cognitive Science of Racism
- Course Instructor: Durgin, Frank
Library staff continuously explore approaches to how we might acquire course textbooks to make sure that students have access, even in a hybrid, distance learning environment. 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.
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 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.