Textbooks on Reserve

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For Fall 2020, the library will not have print textbooks available for students to use. With the health and safety of our staff and patrons being a top priority, and in support of Miami University's (MU) efforts to address concerns about physical distancing on campus during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Miami University Libraries (MUL) will be offering Limited Online Library Access (LOLA) in the fall 2020 semester. Through this short-term lending service, MU scholars will be able to digitally access works held in the MUL physical collection remotely via Canvas.

Students and faculty may use the Limited Online Library Access (LOLA) Lending Service form to make LOLA requests. Most LOLA requests will be fulfilled within 3-5 business days, though more time may be needed depending on the nature of the work and the timing of the request. Generally, items will be made available via LOLA for circulation periods comparable to that of the physical item held in the MUL collection.

Here are are some other useful textbook resources:
  • Miami University Online Bookstore - check to see which books are required for your courses.
  • OhioLINK Central Catalog - search to see if you can borrow a textbook from an OhioLINK library.
  • Open Textbook Collections - affordable alternatives to textbooks exist in open access textbooks and other materials (let your faculty member know).
  • Donations of current textbooks by faculty and students are encouraged to expand the project (and stretch our library funds).

Faculty members, please use our Reserve Request Form to add a textbook on reserve to our collection if it is not already owned by Miami University Libraries! You can check on that using our Books & More catalog.

The Library has provided textbooks on reserve for a selection of courses offered at Middletown since 2006. Below is the list of courses which currently have textbooks available on LOLA or as licensed e-books.
Course Author: Title Edition
ART 181 LAZZARI: EXPLORING ART: A GLOBAL, THEMATIC APPROACH 5TH ED
ATH 175 ROLAND: Cuban Color in Tourism and La Lucha
ATH 185 RALPH: RENEGADE DREAMS
CMR 108 BEATTY: INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS LAW 6TH ED
CMR 401 LUSSIER: LEADERSHIP 6TH ED
ENT 497 DOMINICK: TOOLS AND TACTICS OF DESIGN 1ST ED
HST 198 LOCKARD: SOCIETIES, NETWORKS, AND TRANSITIONS, VOLUME II: SINCE 1450 4TH ED
IDS 159 WILLIAMS: IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS
MBI 131  MERRILL: INTRODUCTION TO EPIDEMIOLOGY 8TH ED
PSY 112 HOCK: FORTY STUDIES THAT CHANGED PSYCHOLOGY 7TH ED

 

Last updated 9-21-20

History and Purpose
In a collaborative effort, the Gardner-Harvey Library, Miami Middletown Student Government (MMSG), academic departments, and individual faculty members brought together, starting in Fall 2006, a reserve collection of textbooks for Miami Plan or other introductory courses offered at Miami University Middletown. The aim was and is to assist students who may not be able to afford the textbooks or who may be delayed in purchasing them, and to give all students in the courses an opportunity to make use of their required texts while on campus. Given the ever-rising costs of textbooks, this project is aimed at making these materials for learning as widely available as possible, which is certainly a part of the Library's mission. A bit more on our motivation can be found in this article.

The program grew tremendously in 2008-2009 thanks to a gift from Robert and Nita Driscoll. Robert was an active member of the Middletown community and a patron of the Gardner-Harvey Library for many years. Mrs. Driscoll made this gift to the campus in memory and continuation of his efforts to support education. Textbooks have certainly not become cheaper, and this gift extends our reach to serve students.

We have continued to purchase textbooks each semester, usually having a collection of approximately 100 textbooks available to cover roughly 100 Middletown courses. Once the textbooks are not used by students in courses at Middletown, we add them to the library's general collection, where they are borrowed by students and faculty in OhioLINK (sometimes for many semesters after they are last used on campus).