From Inside Higher Ed:
Robert Morris University, in Pennsylvania, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Patrick Henry College, in Virginia, have all started a textbook reserve — essentially a library from which students can borrow required texts. “This was the brainchild of an honors class,” said John Michalenko, vice president for student life at Robert Morris.
The $10,500 used to purchase 170 books for Robert Morris’ reserves was instead allocated from the university library’s operating budget and the university’s student emergency fund (which began in 2008 as a way of offsetting unforeseen expenses), along with some help “finding the best price” from Barnes & Noble, the university’s on-campus book vendor.
Amy Chang, the UT San Antonio library’s head of access services, said that for now, the university’s program is small in scope. “Our reserve volume is not high,” she said. “We are not buying all the textbooks. We are very selective.”
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See Also: “Textbook lending service: Providing a service students need when they need it” (via C&RL News)
by Amy Chang and Judy Garrison
See Also: Textbooks On Reserve Program at Miami University (via Disruptive Technology Library Jester)
From October 2007