According to the University of Guelph Library, approximately 85% of commercial textbooks in use today are not made available by their publishers for libraries to acquire in any format except print. Even when the publisher makes the ebook available to libraries, they often charge astronomical prices for multi-user access, leaving them out of the price range of libraries.
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UNT Libraries policy on textbooks
Since textbook publishers frequently issue new editions of textbooks, it is very expensive for a library to keep up with purchasing textbooks. See the Guidelines on Textbooks for details on the UNT Libraries' policy on purchasing course materials.
Ebooks available through the UNT Libraries
The UNT Libraries provides access to many ebooks that can be used as assigned course reading: see Discover, the library catalog. Note that due to licensing restrictions, some books are available for only one user at a time, which essentially prevents their use as assigned reading. In some cases, the Libraries is able to acquire a multi-user version of the book: to inquire, contact your subject librarian.
While students and faculty sometimes request textbooks through interlibrary loan (ILL), please be aware that other libraries generally will not loan textbooks through ILL to UNT or other institutions, meaning we are unable to borrow them to put on print course reserves.
Online course reserves and other options for portions of books