Question: Does the Library have textbooks for my class?
Last Updated: Jan 19, 2024     Views: 219

While the library does not purchase all textbooks, we do work with instructors to provide some course readings and films when cost and availability allows. 

To find out if the library has your textbook, film, or course reading:

1. Go to the library home page ( and use the Scholar OneSearch search box to search the author or title.  See our tutorial linked below for help with Scholar OneSearch.

2. If you see the title you need, make sure it's the book itself, not a book review.  Look for the "book" icon (see example below). 

3. Click on "Online access" or "full text available" to read the e-book.



If you don't find the book or film you need in Scholar OneSearch, you may recommend a purchase here:


The Northeastern Library cannot interlibrary-loan textbooks and course materials due to copyright guidelines, and because there would not be enough textbooks available from regional and partner libraries to obtain large numbers of copies for all students.

If you are an instructor, you may use this form or contact the library's course reserves service in order to request course materials for your students. You may also place your requests directly from within Canvas using the Leganto tool.

Due to the volume of requests, we ask you to place requests 4-6 weeks before the beginning of the semester or quarter when you are teaching the material. This ensures materials will be available when your students need them.

Please be aware that the library is not resourced to purchase all required course materials for the university.  We may decline to purchase textbooks based on price, value, and availability. Many publishers will not sell films or e-book versions of a textbook to libraries.  Many textbooks also have supplementary material online for individual students, which cannot be licensed through the library.  However, we are happy to investigate and to work with instructors to provide course readings and films when cost and availability allows.