Requests are processed in the order received. Processing time is contingent upon workload and staffing levels. Allow three weeks for new textbook and DVD purchases and up to two months to acquire streaming media licenses.
Visit Faculty Guidance for Choosing Online Materials for additional information.
Print books and media owned by the UW Libraries or instructor may be placed on Reserve. Short loan periods are assigned to maximize access to course materials. One copy of most required books for UWB courses are purchased and/or processed for Reserve; required books for Cascadia College may be placed on Reserve if owned by the UW Libraries or instructor.
University Book Store
University Book Store's online store is fully operational. Your students can order textbooks online and have them shipped.
We highly recommend faculty work with the University Book Store, but there are other places your students can purchase textbooks online. The Online Learning Support: How to Access Library Resources (For Students) provides additional information regarding textbooks and purchase options.
If you are requiring your students to purchase a code to access the textbook publisher's online portal, please note that most used textbooks will not include the one-time use access code. Our bookstore staff will be able to assist you with questions about required access codes, rental options, e-texts, and other ways to reduce textbook costs for your students.
The UW Libraries licenses over half a million e-books, thousands of streaming films, and hundreds of article databases that can be used to support your online courses. For assistance identifying or purchasing e-books or streaming films for assigned reading or viewing, visit Faculty Guidance for Choosing Online Materials
To suggest films and ebooks to purchase for the Bothell Campus Library's general collection (i.e. not for required viewing or reading in your classes) please contact your subject librarian.
UWB and Cascadia faculty can submit a Scan for Canvas request (generally up to one chapter per book) for course instruction. Reserves staff can scan readings from materials owned by the UW Libraries. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Requests are processed in the order received. Processing time is contingent upon workload and staffing levels.
Campus Library Reserves and the UW Libraries processes electronic readings with optical character recognition (OCR) but does not provide remediation of PDFs for added accessibility as a standard service (e.g. adding tags, alt-text). OCR creates a PDF that is compatible with assistive technology (such as screen reader software), though the quality may not be sufficient for individuals with visual impairment.
We encourage faculty to consider using an Open Textbook as an alternative to high-cost, commercial textbooks. Open Textbooks are books covered by an open copyright license and available freely to students, instructors, and the community. Most open textbook licenses allow the right to access, download, revise, or customize the content.
A few Open Textbook options are:
For more open textbooks options, or information about OERs and library-licensed educational resources (LERs), see Campus Library Open Educational Resources.
For other online alternatives to physical textbooks, see Faculty Guidance for Choosing Online Materials.
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Land Acknowledgment: The University of Washington Bothell & Cascadia College Campus Library occupies Land that has been inhabited by Indigenous Peoples since time immemorial. Specifically, this campus is located on Sammamish Land from which settler colonists forcibly removed Coast Salish Peoples to reservations in the mid-19th century. Today, descendants of the Sammamish are members of several Coast Salish communities.