Q. May I get my textbook through interlibrary loan?
Students - the interlibrary loan system is not funded nor equipped to supply multiple copies of the same items. Our network is set up for single use of one item.
We've had different experiences in which we fulfilled a student's request for a class-required text which in turn resulted in multiple requests for the same item from other students. This leads to a breakdown in our system and frustration on all sides. There just aren't that many available copies of specific items.
Therefore, we state clearly that we do not order textbooks or required texts for students. If you are in dire need, we suggest you work with your professor. The library offers a reserve system, by which a professor may place required class texts on reserve for all students to use. Also note, we DO borrow textbooks for faculty.
In addition, Bridgewater is a member of VIVA's Open Textbook Initiative that seeks to encourage adoption of Open Textbooks particularly in our general education classes when there is a good quality textbook available (see Library's webpage on Open Education Resources). We acknowledge that Open Textbooks do not work for all courses, especially upper level and specialized classes, as well as the study of texts still under copyright, such as for literature classes.