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Question: What is the Textbook Loan Program?



The Textbook Loan Program began in the fall of 2014 as a student support initiative. Textbooks for many gateway and core curriculum courses are available for short-term loan to those with Marshall University library privileges. Please see the Current Textbook List for an index of available titles. The list can be sorted by the course name, author, or book title.

How the Program Works

Please note that we are no longer lending textbook chapters electronically. Electronic requests will no longer be fulfilled (as of Summer 2021). Textbooks may be borrowed for in-library use only. 

In order to use one of the books available through the program, visit the library circulation desk and be ready to present your MU ID (mobile or physical card). You may borrow loan program items for up to 3 hours at a time.

Request A Book Not Currently Available

If you would like for a textbook to be available through the loan program in Drinko Library, please click here.  Decisions on textbooks are made by a committee and are based on cost, enrollment and curriculum needs.

Textbook Loan Copyright Statement

All users of the textbook loan program must abide by Federal Copyright Law: Title 17 of the US Code. Fair Use permits usage of copyrighted material without the author’s permission if they are using it as parody, to criticize or comment, or for news reporting, teaching, or scholarship and research.

17 U.S.C. § 107: US Code – Section 107: Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use:

Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include – (1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes; (2) the nature of the copyrighted work; (3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work. The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.

Under the educational application of Fair Use, students may photocopy or scan portions of textbooks assigned for scholarship and research for personal use only as long as the total amount of copied/scanned comprises 10% or less of the entire textbook they are using.

Students may not scan or photocopy a textbook in its entirety or distribute copies to friends or classmates in either digital or print formats.


For more information, please email libacq@marshall.edu.

Answered By: Kelli Johnson
Last Updated: May 04, 2021 Views: 3318