Does the library provide textbooks? How can I get one?


Library loaned textbooks (and other required course items) are often referred to as  "course reserves". At CCSF Library, these are grant funded and are made available for free for short term loan - they are intended for sharing purposes to give multiple students in a course a chance to complete homework. They cannot be requested in advance - they are available on a first come, first served basis.

While the library attempts to obtain some copies of textbooks, we are unable to obtain all of them (and we are often not able to obtain ebook versions). It may be necessary that you purchase your textbook at the CCSF Bookstore.

Where do I find course reserves?

  • You can use OneSearch, the Library search tool, to see if the library has the item. Use the Course Reserves tab to search by Course, Instructor, or Title. If you don’t see the book for your course, librarians are available via chat 24 hours a day to double check. Start a chat on the library's homepage.

How long can I check out course reserves?

  • 2 hours to 2 weeks for many course reserves.
  • Book availability information, showing location (Rosenberg Library), status (Available), and borrowing period (Reserve Semester Book Loan)1 semester for items from the Associated Students (AS) Bookloan program.
    • AS Bookloan books are labeled in OneSearch with the location of Reserve Semester Book Loan.

Where can I pickup my textbooks?

  • Textbooks must be picked up at the owning library - we are unable to transfer course reserve items between locations at this time.

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