Unique Partnership with Co-op Store Offers Textbooks at Library Reserve Desk

Posted on 9/21/2009 12:12:33 PM

Beginning with the Fall 2009 semester, the IUP Libraries partnered with the Co-op Store to provide higher-priced textbooks through the libraries’ reserve service. This is an effort to provide students in need with an alternative to trying to decide which of their required books to buy.

Through the generosity and planning of Tim Sharbaugh, Co-op Store manager; Sara Ellenberger, textbook manager; the leadership of Phil Zorich, interium dean of libraries; Judy Bouton, Circulation Services manager; and the hard work and dedication of Reserve Supervisor Joyce Kensey and her staff of student assistants, the library now has a pilot program in place. The goal is to help students handle the ever-increasing cost of books.

Faculty members were identified, and a small selection of textbooks, each costing $100 or more, were picked to start this program. From an initial count of seventeen books, with additional books added by request, there are now twenty-two textbooks on reserve for various faculty members across the curriculum. Once the books were added to the Reserve collection, the faculty members were notified so that they could inform their students of this new partnership program.

When students come to the library’s Reserve Desk, they simply look through the reserve binders for their professor’s name. Library student assistants will retrieve the book for their use. These books are loaned for one-hour, in-library use only. Students can use the public overhead scanner, opposite the Reserve Desk, to copy currently needed material. All they need is their own USB drive.

Faculty members and students can request that their books be added to the program. It is then at the discretion of the Co-op Store if they meet the criteria for the program. For more information, please contact Tim Sharbaugh at the Co-op Store or Joyce Kensey in Stapleton Library.