Answered By: Russell Perry
Last Updated: Sep 18, 2023     Views: 29

Unfortunately, we can’t use Interlibrary Loan for textbooks. Libraries usually don’t have comprehensive textbook collections, and the ones that do don’t lend them out.

You can check if we have a print or eBook copy of your textbook by searching our Library catalog for a title or author. When the result page loads, use the left side menu to limit results to items held by "UMass Lowell Libraries."

Some professors have set aside copies of textbooks as Course Reserves for students to use. Visit our Course Reserves guide to learn more and browse available items.

If you can't locate your textbook in our Library collection, we suggest contacting your instructor about placing a copy of that textbook on reserve by submitting a Purchase Request Form. They'll need to provide their contact information as well as details about the requested item and its format. Other notes can be added in the Special Instructions field (e.g., what class will be using it, etc.).

As an alternate option, you might be able to rent or buy a copy of your textbook in good condition through the UML River Hawk Shop or websites like, Chegg, and CampusBooks.

For more information about finding textbooks and using Interlibrary Loan, follow the links below.