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Library Textbook Program (LTP)

Frequently Asked Questions


Will the library buy my textbooks?

The library does not typically purchase textbooks to add to our permanent collection. If you do not see your textbooks in the LTP List, it may have been placed on reserve by your professor. Please check for your textbooks on the Reserves page (search by professor’s name). If you do not see your textbook there, please ask your professor to request that a copy of the textbook be placed on reserve.

Why don’t you have the electronic version of my textbook?

As we approach the fall 2020 semester, library staff are working hard to provide alternative access to the print course reserves collection. A significant portion of the books on reserve are print copies of required textbooks, and students cannot access them without coming into the library. To support instructors and students over the next several months, we are developing new approaches to how we acquire course textbooks, to ensure that students have access, even in a primarily online, alternative delivery environment. However, this work is hampered by textbook publishers who do not provide electronic purchasing options for libraries. Approximately 85% of existing course textbooks are simply unavailable to libraries in any other format than print. Textbook publishers have built their profit models around selling e-textbooks directly to students. We also know that the cost of textbooks and other course materials represent a financial hurdle to the students at MTSU. Despite the library’s commitment to make copies of all high enrollment General Education textbooks available to assist those students who are unable to purchase their own, the following publishers will not allow us to purchase an e-textbook version of their publications:

  • Pearson
  • Cengage
  • Houghton
  • McGraw Hill
  • Elsevier imprints (especially in veterinary and health science) such as:
    • Elsevier Health Science
    • Mosby
    • Saunders

This means that in courses that have adopted textbooks by these publishers, students who do not purchase the textbook will not have any alternative access to the textbook content.

- Borrowed with permission from the University of Guelph

Can I take the books with me?

Unfortunately, the LTP books must stay in the library. eBooks, when available, can be used on or off-campus.