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Textbooks on Reserve: Home
How the Textbooks on Reserve Project works.
Where do I borrow textbooks for two hours?
The USM Libraries and the Student Government have purchased many, but not all, textbooks for the Textbooks on Reserve project. We encourage you to check to see if we have your textbook(s) on reserve in one of our campus Libraries for you to use in the Library.
Check your schedule and make make sure for each course you have:
1. The course abbreviation and number (e.g. ENG 100, BIO 105, MUS 150, HTY 200, ...)
2. The instructor's name (e.g. Chebowicz, Champlin, Davis, Zhao, ...)
3. The campus on which your course is held (e.g. Portland, Gorham, Lewiston-Auburn) or whether it is online.
Then go to the USM Libraries catalog, URSUS, and do aReserves Search to find out if your textbook(s) is in the Textbooks on Reserve program.
With the increasing cost of textbooks for students, the USM Student Government, Libraries, and Provost discussed creating a pilot program for students to borrow introductory textbooks at no cost.
In the Fall of 2016, the pilot project focused on the core 100 level courses. The textbooks for these courses were placed on Reserve in the Libraries. The books were placed at the campus Library (Portland, Gorham, or Lewiston) where the course was taught most often. Due to the large number of books being purchased, it was not possible to have the reserve books for a course on more than one campus. If the book was available as an e-book, it was made accessible as an e-book.