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Course Readings

The library acquires all materials listed on syllabi and submitted to the bookstore. Search for course readings, request titles be added, and learn more about the program below.

COVID-19 Update: July 6, 2020
  • The Library is committed to providing course readings for Fall 2020 courses. We will do our best to obtain an e-copy of each course reading title if one is available for us to acquire (keep in mind that many textbook publishers do not provide electronic purchasing options for libraries. This is because textbook publishers make their profits by selling e-textbooks directly to students).
  • Our Course Readings Submission form has been updated in light of many of the colleges moving to a hybrid or mostly online model for instruction in  Fall 2020.
  • If a Course Reading title is not available online, scans may be requested by faculty to post on their Sakai or Canvas sites. Submit a scanning request
Information for Students

Fall 2020: If you would like the Library to make scans of sections of course readings (10% or 3 chapters, whichever is greater, with the caveat that if the text only has 3 sections we cannot scan entire books due to copyright and fair use restrictions): Submit a scanning request

Pre- & post-pandemic: 

  • The Library makes books, DVDs, and other course materials available online or in print on the 2nd floor of the library in our Course Readings Area.
  • These materials are meant to be easily accessible to your entire class throughout the semester. Students can use these materials in the library or check them out for 4 hours at a time.
  • Please ask at the Main Services Desk for assistance with any Course Readings materials.
  • Articles and other electronic reserves for your classes are available on your Sakai  or Canvas course sites.
Information for Faculty

Submitting Items for Course Readings (Reserves): 

All course readings/textbooks that faculty submit to the bookstore are shared with the library and automatically purchased and made available.

  • July 6, 2020 – Our Course Readings Submission form has been updated in light of the colleges moving to a hybrid or mostly online model for instruction in  Fall 2020.
    • Please use this form to request materials be placed in the Library’s Course Readings collection.
    • You can also use this form to request that we investigate if an online version of your course readings is available.
    • For Fall 2020 we will not be able to accept personal print copies to be placed on reserve since we will not be able to offer print course readings for students to access. However, if you want to request scans of personal copies you can make arrangements to drop off a personal copy by contacting us: libraryusers@claremont.edu
      • If you would like us to make scans of sections of a personal copy please use this form: Submit a scanning request
      • Please be advised, due to copyright restrictions, we can only scan 10% or 3 chapters of a text for each individual, whichever is greater. There is a caveat that if the text only has 3 sections we cannot scan entire books due to copyright and fair use restrictions, so we may have to follow up with you to ask you which sections are most essential to scan.
Reserve Policy Statement

By placing items on reserve for your students, you assume responsibility for the copyright/fair use evaluation of all materials before submitting them to the library for processing.

Due to the limited space available for reserves, the library cannot provide long-term storage of books or readings. Books and readings are removed from reserves and returned to the stacks or the professor at the end of each semester.

Questions about Course Readings?