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Textbooks, Course Materials and eReserves for Students

Faculty please visit our Course Materials (eReserves) page.

Textbook Options

Borrow from MacEwan Library

Starting Tuesday, January 5th, students will be able to borrow most required textbooks through MacEwan Library. To provide textbook access to as many students as possible, loan lengths are restricted to 24 hours. This means library textbooks cannot replace the level of access you would have when purchasing/renting your own copy.

To borrow textbooks:

  • Get your textbook information:
    • Enter your Student ID# in the bookstore textbook list generator
    • OR log into Blackboard and get your textbook title from your course outline
  • Borrow your textbook from the library 
  • Place a hold - you have 24 hours after you receive email notification it's ready for pickup
  • Pick up your textbook at our Library Takeout pickup location (7-292) during Library Takeout hours - bring your Student ID Card
  • Return your textbook - you have 24 hours to return the textbook to the Library
    • Overdue fines for textbooks are $2/day

The  Library purchased an additional, but limited, number of copies of required textbooks to support students' learning. We cannot guarantee that the particular textbook that you need will be available when you need it. The Library's textbook collection was developed as a supplementary support collection and is not a replacement for the purchase of textbooks.

Request a Chapter from a Print Textbook

Students can use the Library's Scan on Demand service to request one chapter form a print textbook in our collection. 

CAUTION: Entire textbooks cannot be scanned due to copyright restrictions and repeat requests for the same title are monitored. Requests will typically be processed within 2 business days. 

Buy or Rent your Textbook from:

  • MacEwan University Bookstore (they are currently offering standard shipping and free pickup)
  • RedShelf - a popular digital rental and discount site that includes many textbooks
  • Vital Source - a popular digital rental and discount site that includes many textbooks

Some textbooks may be freely available online. Check out:

Used Copies

Check out the MacEwan Used Book Exchange on Facebook, as well as online vendors who sometimes sell used copies, including the MacEwan University Bookstore and Amazon. 

CAUTION: Before you buy a used textbook check to see if the book includes an access code for online content and if the code is necessary. If your professor says the code is needed, and your code had been used or is expired, you'll be stuck buying a new code, which can be more costly that buying a new textbook. 

Finished with your textbook? Post it on the MacEwan Used Book Exchange on Facebook, or check out the MacEwan Bookstore Buyback program and see if the Bookstore wants to give you money for your old books!

Older Editions

Sometimes you can find older editions of textbooks available for sale online. 

CAUTION: Before deciding you don't need that new edition, check with your instructor. The content can occasionally change between editions, and you might be missing out on important sections!

Course Materials and eReserves

Your course materials can be accessed in a few ways:

Library Reserve

Some of your professor may put high demand course materials on Library Reserve. Students can borrow materials placed on Reserve using their MacEwan ID card at the Library Services Desk.

Due to high demand, reserve items have a much shorter loan period, ranging from 2 hours to 3 days.Starting Monday, February 8th, we will no longer quarantine library items. The latest scientific evidence shows the risk of COVID transmission through inanimate surfaces (including library items) is very low. Access to reserve items with be quicker due to this change.

Access Course Materials Online (eReserves)

Many of your course materials will be made available in Blackboard, or some readings can also be accessed through https://ereserves.macewan.ca/. This short video explains how to access online materials in Blackboard.

Scan on Demand

Use the Library's Scan on Demand service to access the contents of print books in the Library's physical collection. This service is available to MacEwan students, staff, and faculty only.

CAUTION: Entire books cannot be scanned due to copyright restrictions and repeat requests for the same title are monitored. Each request is reviewed for copyright compliance. Requests will typically be processed within 2 business days Monday-Friday.

Help Finding Resources

Subject Guides are a great place to start your research. Book an appointment with a Subject Librarian for help with refining your paper topic, locating and evaluating appropriate information sources, citation help, and more.