Finding Textbooks

Follow the numbered steps below.

  1. Can I rent my textbook?
  2. Do the Rutgers University Libraries own the textbooks for my courses?
    • The libraries do not own textbooks for every class. However, we do have some and you should do the following to see if your textbook is available.
    • Check the reserve collections to request a Rutgers book and search using your instructor’s name.  Books that are on reserve usually only circulate for 1 hour at a time.
    • Check the Library Catalog, to see if the book is at another Rutgers Library.  Enter the title of the book and choose "Title" in the drop down selection. You can also click on More Options in the catalog and choose Browse to enter the Title in "Title Begins With" for a more accurate search. Books on the New Brunswick or Newark Campuses can be requested by clicking Book Delivery and selecting the location for delivery.
  3. Borrowing the textbook from a Pennsylvania Academic Library
    • Search E-ZBorrow for books available from PALCI partner libraries such as Carnegie Mellon, Penn State, and University of Pennsylvania. Rutgers students, faculty, and staff may request books through E-Z Borrow for fast delivery to their local Rutgers library.
    • If the book is NOT in the Library Catalog or checked out, you can then try using the EZ-BORROW button found in the upper black bar in the Library Catalog.
    • You can then log in using your NETID (barcode/pin # for Camden County/Rowan students) and search for the book by title.
    • There is no charge and the book will be sent to the Paul Robeson Library in 3 or 4  days for you to use (for 42 days) with one renewal.
    • Please remember that current textbooks are commonly placed on reserve at academic libraries, so they are unlikely to be available via E-Z-BORROW.
  4. Borrowing the textbook via UBorrow from the Big Ten
    • Search UBorrow at for books available from Big Ten partner libraries such as University of Chicago, University of Michigan, Ohio State, and University of Wisconsin. Rutgers students, faculty and staff may place direct requests for delivery to their local Rutgers library.
    • Books usually arrive within 7 days. You will receive email notification when books are available at your pick up library.
    • The initial loan period is 8 weeks, with one additional 8 week renewal.
    • For more detailed information visit our UBorrow guide
  5. Buying textbooks