Answered By: Rich Gause
Last Updated: Dec 12, 2014     Views: 285

No. Textbooks for classes should be purchased through normal venues. The Interlibrary Loan office cannot order textbooks.

See the Interlibrary Loan Department's FAQ for additional information.

The library does not borrow required textbooks via Interlibrary Loan. Why?

Interlibrary Loan services are intended to assist students and faculty with the short term borrowing of supplementary materials that they might need for class related research, but which are not owned by UCF's libraries.

Purchasing textbooks is part of usual college expenses, along with paying tuition and dorm/rental expenses and buying school supplies, a parking pass, and a meal plan.

Some textbooks, lab manuals, and course packs are created especially for and used only by UCF courses, so they are not available anywhere else.

Very few libraries interlibrary loan textbooks for their students.

Even fewer libraries have the newest editions as soon as they are printed and required for use by professors for classes.

Of those libraries that do purchase textbooks, the textbook collection is usually reserved for their campus-use only and are not loaned to other libraries.

Requested books can usually take up to two weeks to arrive, so students are already far behind in their class work and reading by the time the books get here.

Students only get to keep a book borrowed through ILL for about three weeks. There are often no renewals for interlibrary loans.

Because of the above situation, some students might be tempted to keep borrowed materials after their due date in order to have them for classes. This creates a very awkward position for us in the community of libraries with whom we share materials. The UCF library may not be able to borrow from the lending library for any UCF student or staff member if we have been put in this unfortunate position.

Though most interlibrary loans do not cost you anything, they often cost the library around $30 or more per request. The library does not have the funding to request hundreds of student textbooks, each of which will only be able to be kept for a few weeks.

Options to purchasing new textbooks can include renting the textbook from the UCF bookstore, purchasing used texts from the UCF bookstore, or sharing with your classmates.

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