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Find course textbooks in the library catalog:

Online Textbook FAQ

How do I find out if the library has a digital version of my textbook? 

To see what is currently available on Reserve for your class:

  • From the main library page, open the library catalog.
  • Click "Online Textbooks" at the top.
  • Scroll to find your course subject, and open it to see the online textbooks available for your course.

What is the difference between an eBook and a digitized textbook?

EBooks have been purchased in a digital format directly from EBSCOhost or Gale. Digitized textbooks have been purchased in print format and scanned by library staff.

Why can't I use a textbook online when someone else is using it?

For both eBooks and digital textbooks, copyright requires that we limit availability to a specified number of users - usually one user at a time. Occasionally, we will be able to purchase a license for an eBook with an unlimited number of users, but this is rare. Open educational resources (OERs) are textbooks that we did not purchase but are still included in our catalog for your convenience - they are freely available and can be used by an unlimited number of people.

How do I sign in?

When you first click on the catalog, there is a yellow "Sign In" link in the top right corner. On mobile, you may need to click the ellipsis (...). If you have a book record open, you may need to close out of it and go back to the results list to see the sign in link.

Sign in using your college email address and password - the same credentials you use to log in to Canvas and other college services. You may be asked to authenticate if you are signing in off-campus.

Why is there a time limit on digitized books?

Digital reserve textbooks check out for one hour, but they can be renewed at the end of the hour if no one is waiting. They can only be checked out by one person at a time, so we want to make sure the next person in line doesn't have to wait too long if the person before them forgot to click "Return Early." 

Can I get notified when a digitized textbook is available?

Yes! If someone is using the digitized textbook you need, a message will state how many users are "already viewing this digital object." Click the "Scanned Chapters" link anyway, and then click "Join the Waitlist." You will receive an email at your college email address when the textbook is ready for you. Your spot in line will be saved for 10 minutes before it goes to the next person on the waitlist, so be sure to keep an eye on your email and access the book when it's your turn. Don't forget to click "Return Early" when finished so the next person in line can be notified!

What do I do if a page is missing or unreadable?

If there's a missing page or if the scanned text of a digitized textbook is too warped or too light to read, please let us know! Email us at and tell us the book title, chapter number, and page number(s) so we can rescan it as soon as possible. We're working hard to get as many books digitized as quickly as we can, so this sometimes means that we miss something.

We always appreciate your comments and feedback!

Why isn't my textbook digitized?

We can only digitize textbooks if we have a non-circulating copy, and we can't digitize textbooks that exist only as subscriptions or eBooks. If you want to request that we scan your textbook, submit a Textbook Digitization Request. The textbook must be assigned to a current or future Cerro Coso course, and we require at least two month's notice to order, process, and scan the textbook. We will also prioritize textbooks requested by faculty. If you only need a chapter or two, fill out the Material Request Form instead.