Textbook Policy


EKU Libraries do not intentionally acquire textbooks adopted for use in classes currently taught at the university. It is the responsibility of students to acquire their own textbooks.


In this document, a “textbook” is defined as a book published for the academic market, often in multiple editions, and usually including pedagogical features such as exercises, learning objectives, and supplementary material.


EKU Libraries will consider purchasing, and placing on reserve if requested, supplementary course-specific works that will continue to support the curriculum and enhance the library collection after the works are no longer on reserve.  Examples include:

  • Supplementary material (such as CDs or scores) that are sold “bundled” with a textbook
  • Books on required reading lists (such as novels and other scholarly works that are not textbooks)


Print copies of textbooks are often placed on reserve by faculty for students to use, but there are limitations to placing textbooks on reserve.

  • According to copyright law, textbooks can be placed on reserve if they are used as a back up and not in lieu of the students purchasing the textbook.
  • Faculty members placing a personal copy of a textbook on reserve for more than one semester will have to acquire copyright clearance to continue placing it on reserve a second time.
  • Textbooks are occasionally placed on reserve for a brief period at the beginning of the semester to support students who are unable to acquire the books because they are on backorder or otherwise unavailable for immediate purchase.
  • More information about reserves can be found here.