A textbook is defined as:

“An edition of a book specifically intended for use of students who are enrolled in a course of study or preparing for an examination on a subject or in an academic discipline… sometimes published in conjunction with a workbook, lab manual, and/or teacher’s manual.”

— Joan M. Reitz, ODLIS – Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science, (11/19/07)

Like most academic libraries, OSU Libraries is not able to purchase textbooks. Library funds are limited, and thus, the Libraries’ priority is books and other materials that supplement and enhance coursework and research.

Since not all books required for a course are textbooks, and in some instances a textbook provides the only or best coverage of a subject, or is a significant or historical study of the subject, exceptions can be made. 

Faculty members are encouraged to place a personal copy of a course textbook on reserve.