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Looking for Textbooks?

We understand that sometimes you just can’t afford to get a certain book right away, or maybe it’s late in coming into the campus bookstore. But you don’t have to fall behind—come on over to the reserves collection at Brown Library!

What can you get from the reserves?  Textbooks, other kinds of books (like novels you might read in an English class), articles, cds, videos, and cd-roms. You can’t check them out, but you can use them within the library whenever you’re in a pinch. They are located on the top floor of Brown, behind the circulation desk.

And while we don’t carry every textbook for every class, we’d be happy to see if we have what you’re looking for, by phone or in person. Wanna look yourself? No problem. You can look up what’s available by class, by subject, or browse a list of novels and authors commonly studied in the English classes here at Virginia Western.

If you don’t see a particular class listed, that means the professor or department hasn’t put the book or any other materials on reserve for that class. Sometimes a professor just doesn’t know their students would like to have the textbook on reserve, and so it always helps to suggest it. Here’s the form professors have to fill out to get their course materials put on reserve.

Have questions? Call Edgar Anderson, in Circulation, at 857-7242 or Laura Milliman, in Reference, at 857-6509.

Attention Faculty

As Summer semester begins, please review the library’s textbook reserves to ensure that the course materials for the courses being offered in your division are available for students. The reserves are located on the top floor of the library, behind the circulation desk.


Students who experience a delay in purchasing their textbooks can read assignments in the library and avoid falling behind. We have several requests from students at the beginning of each semester to access these materials. As the library’s permanent collection doesn’t include copies of most of the titles sold in the bookstore, we rely on YOU to place textbooks on reserve to meet our students’ needs.

If you have any questions about reserves, feel free to contact either Edgar Anderson at ext. 77242 or Laura Milliman at ext. 76509.