Answered By: Jenn Peters
Last Updated: Aug 14, 2017     Views: 88

Custom textbooks are published on-demand books where the readings are drawn from one or more sources. Given that these works are similar to coursepacks, they are only available from the Seneca Bookstore and are not held (by acquisition or donation) by Seneca Libraries. (See Seneca Libraries' Collections policy)

There are a variety of reasons why these books cannot be held: publisher licensing restrictions, copyright considerations, and the difficulty of bibliographic control (knowing if two books that look the same are the same or are slightly different or are significantly different).

Seneca Libraries' textbook purchasing program does not exist to replace the purchase of required readings nor does it exist to address required textbook availability issues at the College Bookstore. Copies are held as a courtesy, so students can still study/read even if they forget their copy of required readings at home. Funding is limited and titles will not be sourced from vendors other than the College Bookstore when a course is in session. 

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