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McFarlin Course and Textbook Reserves: McFarlin Textbook Reserves Program

A guide to McFarlin's course and textbook reserves, how items are selected, policies, etc.

McFarlin Textbook Reserves Program

Thanks to the generous donations for the Fall 2020 'Cane Cares campaign, McFarlin Library is proud to purchase at least one copy of all required texts for undergraduate coursework over $100 as part of our Textbook Reserves program. McFarlin Library partners with the Campus Bookstore to make these purchases and to keep funding in the local community while increasing student access to materials in a time where textbook costs are constantly increasing. 

McFarlin Textbook Reserves are:

  • Located upstairs at the Library Service Desk next to the café.
  • The textbook reserve area is open during library hours.

McFarlin will purchase newly required textbooks at the beginning of each semester while working in conjunction with the bookstore. At this time, there are no immediate plans to expand the program to all required textbooks for all required courses at the University. 

At this time, McFarlin Library is only accepting textbook donations that are currently required for any level of University coursework. We will be unable to accept donations for previously required texts. 

Textbook Reserves Policy

  • Reserves are available only to TU students, faculty, and staff.
  • Textbooks will be chosen by price, giving books costing more than $100 that are required for an undergraduate course priority.
  • Duplicate textbooks will not be purchased, but if multiple copies exist at McFarlin then they will all be available on reserve.
  • Textbooks will check out for four (4) hours at a time or close of the library, whichever comes first.
  • Textbooks may be taken outside of McFarlin Library but must be returned before the close of the library.
  • Holds and recalls on textbooks are not allowed.
  • Renewal checkouts of textbooks are not allowed.
  • Fines for materials returned late are $1.00 per hour up to a maximum of $6.00 per item.
  • Fines for damaged materials will be determined by library administration, and a billing charge will be placed on the patron’s account. Damaged materials billings are nonrefundable.
  • If materials become 24 hours overdue, patrons are billed for the replacement of the material (actual cost or if undetermined a default of $200.00) plus a $20.00 cataloging fee plus a $5.00 billing fee. 
  • Fines and bills may be paid at the payment window in the first floor of McClure Hall during normal business hours or online. You must bring your receipt as proof of fine payment to the Library Service Desk before you will be allowed to resume your normal library privileges.