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Students may use this Guide to learn which textbooks are on reserve at each Berkeley Campus Library. In addition, students may also learn about the policies and procedures related to these texts.
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The College Libraries are committed to developing collections and resources that support your program of study and provide for the general, intellectual, and cultural enrichment of the Berkeley Community.  

The Library Textbook on Reserve program was initiated as a supplemental resource for required reading.  Textbooks are added to the Reserve Collection based on faculty and student requests. 

Please click on your campus tab for a current list of available textbooks.   The Library Circulation Committee has developed a template so that each library textbook list conveys the same information with the exception of the Newark campus library.    Note that textbook collections vary by campus and should not be considered a substitute for purchasing your own copy of required course textbooks. 

The Textbook on Reserve Collection is located in the campus library at the information desk.   To request a textbook be added to a campus library collection please complete this form.

The Rules of Use are basic and few:

  • Textbook loans are limited to 2 hour, in library use only. No matter what the reason, textbooks do not leave the library.
  • You must have a valid Berkeley College ID card with library barcode applied to the back. (*Note: Online Students have a separate Library Card).
  • Photocopying is limited by copyright law.  This is not Berkeley College law – it is the United States Code that governs the reproduction, distribution, adaptation, public performance, and public display of copyrighted materials.  For more on this subject see Title 17 of the United States Code
  • The library staff will not reproduce and provide in any format textbook content.
  • Do not make markings of any kind ( highlight, underline)  in library provided textbooks.
  • Taking a library textbook from the premises or deliberately removing pages will result in disciplinary action.

About Course Textbooks

Textbooks are no longer required for most online and onsite courses and have been replaced by Digital Learning Resources and eTextsDigital Learning Resources are web-based resources that are accessed electronically through Blackboard. For more information on which courses require print textbooks and which will provide you with an eText and Digital Learning Resource, click here


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Where can I buy my textbook?

    A: Textbooks may be purchased from the Berkeley College Bookstore. Locations and hours are found on the website.  

    Q: How do I know which textbook(s) is required in my course?

    A:  Check your course syllabus for the Required Textbook.

    Q: Does Financial Aid cover the cost of textbooks?

      A: If you are eligible, financial aid may be able help you with the cost of textbooks. See your Berkeley Financial Aid Administrator for details. 

      Q: Why is there a notice of copyright law posted on the photocopy machine:

        A: "Notice: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material; the person using this equipment is liable for any infringement."

        This notice is placed on every photocopy machine to remind users that making copies of copyrighted material (which includes textbooks and other course material) is against the law.

        Q: Does the Library carry every textbook?

          A: The Library does not carry every textbook, and campuses do not all carry the same textbooks. We select our texts based on requests from Faculty and students. To request a textbook be added to a campus library, please fill out  this form.  

            Q: Can I reserve a time to use a textbook?

             A: You cannot place a hold or reserve a textbook in advance. Textbook availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

             Q: Why can’t you put electronic textbooks on reserve?

            A: We'd like to, but most publishers of etextbooks and vendors that make textbook content available in electronic format are not licensing their products for library use.

            Q. Do I have to buy textbooks through the Bookstore?

            A: Although you are not required to purchase your book(s) from the Berkeley College Bookstore, when you buy from the Bookstore you are guaranteed to have the correct book ontime for the start of your class.  All required textbook information including ISBN numbers are made available on the Berkeley College Bookstore site if you would like to find your books from other sources.

            Q: What is an ISBN?

              A: An ISBN, or "International Standards Book Number," is a unique identifier for book, or book-like materials. Think of it as a Social Security Number for a book. Using the ISBN number to search for a book ensures that you can find the exact edition required for your class.


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