Frequently Asked Questions
Unbound periodicals and non-barcoded items do not circulate.
Reference books, bound periodical volumes, and other non-circulating materials may only be borrowed after obtaining special permission from the Research Help Desk or the Music Center Desk.
For more information, see the Special Permissions policy located on the Library's Circulation Policy page
During a typical academic year, there are approximately 2800 undergraduate and 450 graduate courses taught at IC. Using 3 texts as the average required for each course, this equals approximately 9750 books. Also, textbooks tend to be frequently updated.
In recent academic years, the Library budget has allowed for the purchase approximately 5,800 new books and ebooks to support the current research needs of all departments and programs on campus.
We do not have the funds to purchase current textbooks, while at the same time supporting student and faculty research needs.
Faculty sometimes place copies of textbooks or chapters from texts on reserve or ereserve. If you’re not sure whether your professor has put your course’s textbook on reserve, search the Reserves site to see what is available.
Please note that, as academic libraries generally do not purchase textbooks, they are not available on interlibrary loan. The IC Library does not fill Interlibrary Loan requests for textbooks in current use at the College.
The Ithaca College Bookstore provides a rental service and sells textbooks. Additional rental/purchase sites:
Amazon (also rents textbooks)
Open Access Textbooks
The Saylor Foundation has opened its Media Library to the public, providing thousands of open educational resources, videos, articles, and full-length textbooks.
To request an article, log in to your Interlibrary Loan account and select Journal Article from the left side bar.
Retired staff may apply for an Affiliate Borrower Card.
Retirees may access library databases, where permitted by the terms of vendor contracts, using their Netpass username and password.
- Locate the item you want from the library search box.
- Click Sign in for full features and results.
- Click the Request link.
- Select the Pickup location from the drop-down menu.
- Enter the "Not Needed After" date and comments that may be helpful for library staff.
- Click the Request link.
Pickup/Delivery option will display for Available items:
Click on this option to have an item retrieved from the library stacks and held for you at the Circulation or Multimedia desk as appropriate; items are held for 7 days.
NOTE: faculty may request items to be delivered by selecting the delivery location when requesting an item.
Books and score are delivered Monday - Friday during regular business hours ; multimedia materials are delivered Monday-Friday at 8:30am.