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Welcome New Students: Textbooks

Many students ask, 'Can I get my textbook in the library?' The answer to this question is: 'Sometimes!'  

We do not have every textbook on our shelves, but sometimes we'll have a copy so it doesn't hurt to check. Take a look below for advice on how to find a list of your textbook through the bookstore or OSS, what options you have at the library, and information about ZedCred. 

Check the bookstore

There is a KPU Bookstore at all four KPU campuses. Learn more about hours and locations. 

Visit the KPU Bookstore's website to look up your course and to obtain your textbook list. Search by Campus Term, Department, Course and Section. Click on 'Textbooks' then 'Buy Textbooks' to be brought to the search page.

You can also view a consolidated list of your textbooks through Online Self-Service (OSS) Portal. Log in, click on 'Student menu,' then 'Registration,' and finally 'View personalized textbook list.'

The Bookstore sells both new and used textbooks. Visit the Bookstore FAQs for important tips on buying and selling textbooks, including ways to save money. 

Check the library

After you obtain your textbook list, search the library's inventory using Summon or a catalogue search. 

Refine your search using information such as Title, Author, Edition, Year of Publication and ISBN.

If your textbook is located in our 'General Collection,' you may collect it from the shelf or use the link in the catalogue to 'Place Hold' and have the book brought to your campus of your choice under your name. We'll let you know via your KPU email when it's available to pick up.

Do you see your textbook with the location listed as 'Service Counter - Course Reserve'?  This means your textbook has been identified as associated with a specific class. A course reserve designation means an item is limited to a borrowing period as little as 2 hours. A short loan period means that more students will be able to access the resource.

Course Reserves are held at the library service counters; visit the listed campus and give the title to the staff at the desk. If it's available you'll be able to borrow it with your KPU card. 

Questions? Ask a Librarian.

Investigate OER & ZedCred

Did you know KPU offers over 200 courses that have zero textbook costs? These courses use free open education resources (OER) and library resources. And as part of the ZedCred program, you could obtain a Certificate in Arts credential using only classes with zero textbook costs.  

Want to find courses that have zero textbook costs?  It's easy! Just visit Open Education and watch the video to learn how to search the Academic Timetable to identify these courses (hint: click on 'Zero textbook costs' under 'Course Attributes' when you search for sections. You should also see a note in a section's description stating if it has zero textbook costs.)


Want other options? 

The Kwantlen Student Association (KSA) offers a service with BC Bookworm that connects BC students to buy and sell textbooks. Visit BC Bookworm for more information.

If you choose to purchase textbooks outside of the Bookstore, remember to follow some of their valuable advice, like checking currency, return policies, and shipping costs.

If a book isn't available in the bookstore, there's also a student facebook group called Kwantlen Book Exchange.

A reminder about copyright law

Please remember that photocopying and scanning textbooks quickly infringes on the Canadian Copyright Act and copyright law. Visit Copyright for Students in our Copyright & You Libguide to learn about copyright, fair use, and copyright infringement.