Answered By: Renna Redd
Last Updated: Jun 18, 2018     Views: 92

Interlibrary Loan can not borrow course-required textbooks for you for the following reasons:

  • Textbooks are hard to obtain because most libraries don't purchase them and those who do usually don't lend them.
  • Loan periods are not long enough for you to keep it for the entire semester, so most schools will not lend textbooks.
  • ILL loans are expensive and we don't have enough money to borrow textbooks for all our students (although ILL is a free service for our students, the Library must pay for the service).
  • Textbooks are the responsibility of the student, not the library.

We do understand that textbooks are expensive, but ILL is not the solution. Some other possibilities that may help:

  • sharing textbooks with classmates
  • searching online for used textbooks or textbooks at reduced prices
  • asking your professor to place a copy of the book on reserve
  • asking your professor to investigate using open education resources for textbooks.

The Clemson campus bookstore suggests that students in need of financial assistance for textbooks can contact Joy Moss at