• Cameron Adam

Campus library announces textbook reserve program

On top of everything else college students have to pay for, textbooks seem to be the last nail in the coffin. Fortunately for Minot State University students, there is now an alternative to buying hundreds of dollars’ worth of books every semester. Textbook Reserve is premiering at the Gordon B. Olson Library this semester.

This program is geared more towards the highly populated, general education classes to benefit as many students as possible. Jane LaPlante, chair and information literacy librarian at the Gordon B. Olson Library and mastermind of the project, said that the goal of this program is to help students who might be struggling financially.

She has noticed how across the country, especially farther east, there are similar programs and figured it was time for Minot State to follow suit.

This led to a partnership between the library and POWER Center to purchase a starting number of 60 textbooks that will be available to students at the library.

The continuity of the reserve program is based on the usage it receives; more students using the already purchased books leads to the library and POWER Center buying a larger and more varied selection for future semesters.

“This will augment people’s use of renting books but won’t replace it,” LaPlante said.

There are still many technical classes which require specialized books that won’t be on the library’s buy-now list any time soon.

“It’s huge for financial relief, I love it,” said Hannah Dahl, an employee of the library and student at Minot State.

Dahl is a transfer student from Brigham Young University-Hawaii and according to her, BYU-Hawaii has a similar program dating at least back to 2015. With her average cost for textbooks coming to around $300 per semester, Dahl appreciates the textbook reserve program.

There are, however, a couple caveats. The loaned books are not allowed to leave the library and there is a two-hour time limit per checkout period. Fortunately, these two stipulations work together well; if a student goes over the two-hour limit, they can just go back to the front desk and check it out again as long as no one else has requested that particular book. Students can find out what books are available online at MinotStateU.edu/library. To check out a reserve book, ask for the title at the front desk and a librarian will retrieve the book.

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