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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I borrow textbooks from the Library?

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Lisle Campus

Although the Library does not collect current textbooks, the Library maintains a selection of donated textbooks available on a first-come, first-served basis. These textbooks are located in the south end of the main stacks in the Library Lower Level. Students may borrow up to 2 textbooks per semester.

To check availability:

  • Locate a copy of your textbook list and other instructional materials needed.
  • Go to the Library website, select the "Books & Videos" tab, enter the book's ISBN number in the search box, and search.
  • If the book is listed as available, check the edition. Some new editions have very little changes, but ask your professor if you can use an older edition if that is the only one available.
  • If the book is not available, check I-Share. Some textbooks may be available from other libraries through I-Share, but please be aware that many of the most current textbooks cannot be borrowed.

Students may also apply for the Fr. Kevin J. Sheeran, O.S.B., Textbook Program, created to help students in need meet the cost of required texts for classes in which they are enrolled. To request an application, contact Dean of Students Marco Masini at

Mesa Campus

The Library does not collect current textbooks. Some titles may be available from other libraries through I-Share, but many of the most current textbooks cannot be borrowed.