The Libraries can provide access to course materials like textbooks through our Course Reserves system. Course reserves can be print books or ebooks. Books are placed on reserve at the request of the course instructor.
You can search and find books and eBooks in OneSearch. If you'd like to search within the full text of eBooks to find a specific topic, you can search in the following resources:
Open educational resources address the high cost of educational materials and inspire a renewed approach to collaborative, social, and open pedagogical practices. The CU Boulder Librarians work alongside faculty, students, and staff to explore these potentials by supporting the adoption, adaptation, and creation of OER.
Course Instructors, use some of the resources below to find open materials to teach with.
Students, find free and open materials to help you study and teach yourself more.
Open Educational Resources from CU Boulder:
Your BuffOne Card or photo ID will serve as your library card.
Undergraduates: most items up to 1 month
Graduates/ Faculty/ Staff: most items up to 6 months
Is the book you want checked-out? Or is it a book that CU Libraries does not own?
Both ILL and Prospector/ Mobius are used to fill requests for physical materials that CU Boulder doesn’t have. While Prospector/ Mobius only locates materials within select libraries in Colorado, Wyoming, and Missouri, ILL locates and fills requests for materials held worldwide.
Request the book via Prospector.
In a few business days, you may pick up the book from the circulation desk which you designate. If what you want isn’t available in Prospector, you may be able to find it in Prospector’s partner catalog MOBIUS, a consoritum of Missouri libraries.
Still have questions? Visit the Prospector and Mobius FAQ.
Request the book via Interlibrary Loan.
If the book isn't in Prospector or MOBIUS, request it from ILL. Place your request using ILLiad, and we do our best to get the source for you from another library. Interlibrary Loan is free for registered faculty, staff, and students and other authorized users at the Boulder Campus.