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Alert

The SJSU Library has reopened. Please check our hours page for information on building and service hours.
   NOTE: Floors 6–8 are currently open only for SJSU students, faculty, and staff. See the Library FAQs for more information.

Library's Hours:
Tue 09/28 8am - 12am

I am looking for a textbook for my class

Be Aware: The King Library probably will not have your textbook since it is our policy not to collect them.

Some of your professors, however, use books that are not technically “textbooks,” so try a search on the title of the book in OneSearch on the home page of the library website.

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Tip: Put the title of the textbook in quotes (for example, "Managerial Accounting") to get the most targeted results. And limit search results to "Books".  

If you find your textbook, be sure it is the same publication year as the one listed in your syllabus. Sometimes the library may have the right title, but it will be very out of date.

If we do not have a copy of your textbook for checkout: 

  • Search Course Reserves. Sometimes professors put copies of their textbooks on reserve in the library. You will find these copies at the 1st Floor help desk. These textbooks are available for checkout for a limited time, usually from two hours or up to two days. 

  • Check the eTextbooks in the Library List. This list is updated the first week of each semester and usually has around 150 titles. You may find one of your textbooks there.
  • Check CSU+ and InterLibrary Loan. If SJSU Library doesn't have your textbook, another library might. CSU+ lets you borrow books from other CSU libraries, and InterLibrary Loan borrows from libraries across the nation and even internationally. Check out periods vary based on the loaning library's policy, but on average the loan period for a book from CSU+ is 60 days, and 3 weeks from InterLibrary Loan.