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Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$)
A guide to Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) at California State University - Dominguez Hills (CSUDH).
Find out if the library has your textbook! Use OneSearch to search for books by title, then track them down either through the provided links, or in print either on the 3rd & 4th floors of the library or at the Course Reserves desk.
The Library doesn't have every textbook. If you don't see the book for your particular course, you can submit an anonymous request and we will reach out to your instructor.
Some instructors will put textbooks on reserve at the University Library to make course materials accessible to students. These are either owned by the library, lent by the professor, or rented through our Toro Textbook Library (see below for more information about the TTL). You can search course reserves for your textbooks by instructor, course number, or book title. More detailed instructions are available here, or you can always reach out to a librarian for help!
Quick tip: Many textbooks on reserve can only be checked out for two hours due to high demand. If you're relying on course reserves to do your reading, you may want to scan or take photos of the chapters you need so that you can read them later without worrying about the time limit.
Toro Textbook Library
The Toro Textbook Library is a part of Course Reserves. In addition to the textbooks the library owns and borrows from instructors, each semester we rent particularly in-demand titles from the University Bookstore. You can search for these books in OneSearch and borrow them at the Course Reserves desk exactly like a library-owned book.
Only some instructors and courses participate, but you can see which books are available using the link below! (Updated for Fall 2022.)
A flyer listing all the books and courses included in the Toro Textbook Library for Fall 2022
Other Textbook Resources
Get the syllabi of your selected courses as soon as possible to allow for enough time to search for affordable textbook options, such as getting a used copy or seeing what rental options might be available.
Let your professors know if you have trouble accessing their course materials – they want you to succeed! Your professor may be able to ask a librarian to digitize portions of textbooks, purchase an “unlimited use” ebook using existing library funds for reserve materials, or provide links to existing library digital resources.
You can always ask your professors to put a textbook on reserve! Fill out this form to submit an anonymous course reserves request: