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This paper examines the textbook reserve collection at Queensborough Community College. Although the collection is heavily used in its current configuration, the library is looking for less labor intensive and less costly alternatives.

The cost of textbooks is skyrocketting. Textbooks are a major, unexpected bill for many students beginning college. Students and their family, used to having their textbooks provided or loaned free of charge at the start of the school year, face often large and unexpected bills when the first term begins. Many times, financial aid does not cover the cost of the books;. Even if it is covered there might be a delayed in receiving the check. In general college courses are dependent on textbooks, and for the student to not be able to have the proper book is a cause of student difficulties, and in some cases of overall failure.


This work was originally published in Community and Junior College Libraries.



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