Where's My Textbook?
Don’t see your textbook or is it always checked out when you try to get it from the Library?
COM Library wants to make sure we have the books you need! You can make requests in person or online.
- In Person Request
Ask a Circulation Staff member to request your textbook for the library.
- Online Request
Go to the Request Your Textbook in the Textbook Checkout LibGuide to request online.
Copyright laws protect authors, publishers, musicians, artists and others from having their work stolen or misused. Copying a song, a book or an image without permission is not legal. However, like many laws, there are gray areas, which brings us to fair use.
Fair use exceptions were designed with education in mind. Fair use says that as a researcher, you can copy sources for your own use when used for educational purposes--with limits.
Examples of Fair Use
- A single photocopy of part of a copyrighted work, such as an article from a journal, would probably be considered fair use.
- Copying a single chapter from a book would also probably be considered fair use.
Examples that are not Fair Use
- Copying all the assignments from a book recommended for purchase by the instructor.
- Making multiple copies of articles or book chapters for distribution to classmates.
- Copying material from workbooks would most likely not be considered fair use.
What about online resources?
You can copy full text articles from the library's databases for your own use. Copying them and distributing them to other people via email, blog or print probably would not be considered fair use. In EBSCO eBooks you can copy a limited number of pages from an eBook--the site limits what you can do.
And one more thing...
This is general information and does not constitute legal advice.
Textbooks and other items that have been selected by your instructors and made available to you through COM Library.
Materials on reserve may include:
- Textbook Study Guides
- Practice exams
- Supplemental Readings (articles, book chapters, etc.)
- Geology Rock Samples
Textbooks and course reserve items may have any of the following checkout periods as determined by your instructor:
- One day
- Three days
- Seven days
- Library Use Only (Can only be used in the Library)
Fines for overdue textbooks and course reserve materials are:
- $1.00 per day
Donate Your Textbooks
If you don't need to sell back your textbook, donate it to COM Library and we'll put it on reserve so future students who can't afford to buy their textbooks can check them out from the library. Bring any books you'd like to donate to the Circulation Desk.