University Library

Textbooks on Reserve


Your course textbooks may be available as a library-subscribed, unlimited user ebook or for 2-hour checkout from the University Library Circulation Desk.

To find out whether your textbook is available:

  • Search the library catalog by course number or book title.

  • Visit the Circulation Desk.

Please note that textbook access codes will not be available for checkout. 

Requests for digitization of sections of textbooks available on reserve item may be honored on a case-by-case basis.  If you are unable to come to campus to access your course textbook, please email for assistance.  Please be sure to indicate “Digitization Request” in the subject line of your message to help us identify your request.



St. Cloud State University Library is working to build and sustain a textbook collection in the library, available for 2-hour checkout.  University Library, in partnership with our campus bookstore, was able to provide an initial investment to start the collection.  Student Government, working with the University Library Student Advisory Board, hosts a textbook drive at the end of each semester to help the collection grow.  

In fall 2023, there are 689 current textbooks available for check-out, supporting 418 course sections of 9,262 students.

To date, the program has created a potential savings of $12.9 million for SCSU students.


How to Contribute

Students, please consider donating your textbook to the library at the end of the semester.  Since Fall 2018, 1,610 textbooks have been donated by Huskies for Huskies.

Faculty, please consider placing your course textbooks or other curricular materials on reserve for your students in the University Library.  Personal copies, examination copies, and library-owned copies can all be placed on reserve.

We need your help to make this initiative grow.  We are seeking cash donations to supplement student and faculty textbook donations to ensure we are able to support the highest use courses and grow visibility of the textbook collection.  To donate, please visit and select “University Library Operating” or call the St. Cloud State University Foundation at 320-308-3984.

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