January 5th, 2012

Order Your Textbooks ASAP

The best time to order your textbooks is right after you register for your courses. If you don’t know which books you need, you can find out by going to the bookstore and searching for your course number. If the book is listed as required for your course on the bookstore site, then you must purchase it or find some other option to obtain it. Required textbooks are not available through the library!

Image of bookstore required and optional texts

Optional Books are not necessarily in the library, but there are several ways you may be able to obtain them, aside from purchasing:

  1. First, search Journal and Book Locator by the book title to see if we have the full text in the library. Here are the directions for using Journal and Book Locator.
  2. If the full text of an optional book is NOT available through the library, you may go to the Interlibrary Loan request page, fill out a form and we will request the item for you from another library. Books that are required for any course may not be requested through interlibrary loan. Please note: Books take 7-10 business days to arrive.
  3. Search Worldcat.org to see if a local library has it. Even if a local library looks like it has your book(s), make sure to contact the library before traveling there.

If your particular question about textbooks wasn’t answered here, you can contact the main Capella line: 1-888-227-3552 for help.


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