Textbook Loan Program

Current Textbook List

The Textbook Loan Program began in the fall of 2014 as a student support initiative. Textbooks for many gateway and core curriculum courses are available in the Drinko Library for a short-term loan period of three hours. Textbooks cannot leave the library, but they can be checked out for an additional three hours if no one else is waiting for the book.  The current list of textbooks available in the loan program can be found by clicking here: Current Textbook List.  The list can be sorted by the course name, author, or book title.

A list of previous textbooks that are still available but not currently being used this semester can be found by clicking here.

How the program works…

A student who would like to utilize the Textbook Loan Program simply needs to go to the Circulation Desk in the Drinko Library.

  • You need to know the title of the book.
  • You need to tell the librarian that it is part of the Textbook Loan Program.
  • You need to have your student ID.

Request a book not currently available

If you would like for a textbook to be available for the loan program in Drinko Library, please click here.  Decisions on textbooks are made by a committee and are based on cost, enrollment and curriculum needs.

Online Textbook Loan and Other Reserve Items

MU Libraries is here for you while you are navigating your online courses.  If you need materials from either the Textbook Loan Program or Library Reserves, please consult this list to see if there is immediate online access to the text you are looking for.  If not, please submit an Interlibrary Loan request using the ILL link on this page https://www.marshall.edu/library/services/ids/.  You will need the name of the book, the author, and the specific chapter you need. We will only fulfill requests for one chapter at a time. Due to copyright concerns, do NOT share your copy with anyone and do NOT post the chapter anywhere.  We will strive to complete all request within 48 hours.

Textbook Loan Copyright Statement

All users of the textbook loan program must abide by Federal Copyright Law: Title 17 of the US Code. Fair Use permits usage of copyrighted material without the author’s permission if they are using it as parody, to criticize or comment, or for news reporting, teaching, or scholarship and research.

17 U.S.C. § 107: US Code – Section 107: Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use:

Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include – (1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes; (2) the nature of the copyrighted work; (3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work. The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.

Under the educational application of Fair Use, students may photocopy or scan portions of textbooks assigned for scholarship and research for personal use only as long as the total amount of copied/scanned comprises 10% or less of the entire textbook they are using.

Students may not scan or photocopy a textbook in its entirety or distribute copies to friends or classmates in either digital or print formats.


For more information, please email libacq@marshall.edu.