Frequently Asked Questions

FAQS: Library Catalog FAQs

Yes. Most of the children's literature, from picture books and easy readers to young adult novels, are in the PZ section of the library on the Fifth Floor. Most works in English will be found in PZ1 through PZ4 or PZ7. Anthologies start with PZ5.  It is not always true, but mostly books for younger readers will start with PZ3 (such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar). Novels for young adults will most often start with PZ7 (such as the Harry Potter series). Check the PZ8 section for fairy tales. Call numbers higher than PZ8 are foreign language children's literature.

There are few children's non-fiction books in the library's collection, but they have been assigned a call number appropriate to the book's subject matter. For example, it's Perfectly Normal : Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health, a book intended for young teens (HQ53 .H37 2014) is found side by side with Sexuality After Your Spinal Cord Injury (HQ54 .S4 1985).

The library purchases the annual Caldecott Medal (picture book) and Newberry Medal (story book) every year.
As a general rule, the Library does not collect textbooks for courses offered at the College. This is not because we are trying to make students' financial situations more challenging.  

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)
Bigwords.com
BookLookr
BooksPrice
BookRenter
BookSpot: Textbooks
CampusBookRentals.com
CengageBrain
Chegg
CollegeBookRenter.com
Half.com
Open Access Textbooks
OpenStax College
PickTextBooks
SlugBooks
Textbookspy
The Saylor Foundation has opened its Media Library to the public, providing thousands of open educational resources, videos, articles, and full-length textbooks.
Recall option will display for items Checked Out:
  1. Locate the item you want from the library search box.
  2. Click Sign in for full features and results.
  3. Click the Request link.
  4. Select the Pickup location from the drop-down menu.
  5. Enter the "Not Needed After" date and comments that may be helpful for library staff.
  6. 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.
The College Archives houses Serling television scripts, movie screenplays, stage play scripts, films, published works, and secondary materials. Consult the Archives site for more information.

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