The NJIT Library does not routinely purchase textbooks. You might not find them in the Library Catalog. See the library's textbook policy.
Librarian's Tip: When looking for a specific book, searching by ISBN is useful, but librarians recommend during a combined search for author and a title word or phrase so you can locate other editions of the book.
Your professor feels that it is in your best interest to own a required textbook for the course. Consider that the time you spend looking for a cheap book may be a false saving.
If you still feel you cannot purchase the text, here are some tips.
You may not use NJIT's Interlibrary Loan Service to borrow a textbook, but you may go to another library and check the book out yourself.
As an NJIT student, you have access to other libraries in Newark! Search their catalog(s), make sure the book is available and go check it out. You must have the NJIT Library barcode (faq).
- Newark Public
- Essex County College
- Rutgers Dana Library (limit to DANA Library)
In addition, Faculty, Staff, & Grad Students may borrow from more NJ Libraries. See the Vale Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement.
If that doesn't work, then check your public library! Many NJ Public Libraries have agreements with other libraries like NJIT does with Newark Libraries.
Your last resort is to find the book at another library. Public Libraries and Public Universities will allow anyone to have walk in privileges. You can use the library and any books there, but you may not check them out. This will help you do your assignments, while you are waiting for the cheap book you found by using Amazon, Barnes&Nobles, Ebay, Powell's, Froogle, or another internet bookseller to arrive by mail.
To find which library owns a book
* search individual library catalogs.
* Search from the WorldCat page. - or search Google for the title or ISBN and add the phrase "find a library"
* Search ValeNJ (click on Virtual Catalog) - Search NJ college libraries.
* Or search Jersey Cat - Search NJ public libraries