Got Textbooks?

About the Program

Bizzell Memorial Library’s collection of selected reserve textbooks has been created through a $200,000 fund established by OU President David Boren.  The textbook collection is one of many new initiatives implemented by President Boren to help alleviate the burden of textbooks costs on students, following recommendations by the Presidential and Provost’s Textbook Taskforces and the passage of Oklahoma’s Guaranteed Tuition Bill. 

The collection offers selected required textbooks and scientific/graphing calculators that are available free of charge to students.  Textbooks have been purchased primarily for general education courses that have the highest enrollments as well as courses that have comparatively high-cost textbooks. While University Libraries is not able to purchase textbooks for every course, this approach reaches the greatest number students possible as well as assists those most impacted by textbook costs.

Locating a Textbook on Reserve

To determine if your textbook is available on reserve, use the library's catalog.  Within the catalog, perform a title or author search for the desired textbook.

Checking Out Textbooks

Textbooks and calculators are available at the main circulation desk near the west entrance of Bizzell Memorial Library. 

Textbooks and calculators go out for a three-hour loan period only with an additional three hour renewal.  Textbooks can leave the building but must be returned before the library closes.  Textbooks cannot be checked out for an entire semester.  You may check out up to three items from Reserves at one time.

Textbooks are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  You may not reserve a textbook. 

E-Textbooks on Kindle

The textbook on reserve program now has 6 Kindles available for check-out.  These Kindles are loaded with the following titles:

  • Financial accounting by David Spiceland, Wayne Thomas, Don Herrmann.
  • Human anatomy by Michael McKinley, Valerie Dean O'Loughlin.
  • Genetics: from genes to genomes by Leland H. Hartwell ... [et al.].
  • A first look at communication theory by Em Griffin.
  • The physics of everyday phenomena: conceptual introduction to physics 7th ed. by W. Thomas Griffith, Juliet W. Brosing.
  • DK guide to public speaking by Lisa A. Ford-Brown.


Fines for Textbooks on Reserve

Reserve textbooks and calculators accrue fines at a rate of $1.00 per hour. If you lose or do not return a textbook, you will be charged the full current replacement cost plus a $25 processing fee. Textbooks and calculators are considered lost at 24 hours overdue. The replacement cost and processing fee for textbooks are non-refundable.  

For More Information

If you have questions about this program or would like further information, please call (405)325-4142 or email us.

Faculty: If you would like us to purchase the textbook for your class, please contact Karen Rupp-Serrano