Answered By: Timothy Grasso
Last Updated: Oct 29, 2019     Views: 108

As you begin your studies at Fuller Seminary you will notice that your course syllabi list a number of required text books and articles. Where can you find these resources in the Fuller library? 

There are three main locations:

1. eReserves

eReserves are part of your online Canvas course pages. This is where faculty place articles or chapters that are required reading. You are not asked to purchase any of the materials available through eReserves. You may also have required eBook texts listed in your eReserves.  Even if they are not, you will always be able to search for required texts available as eBooks through the library catalog (see below).

To access eReserves, go to your Canvas Dashboard and click on the icon of the individual course in which you would like to access them. Within the course menu on the left there should be a link for eReserves. Click this link to access your courses eReserves. You can view a tutorial on this process here (includes screenshots and video).

If material referenced by the syllabus or your professor seems to be missing from eReserves, or if eReserve links aren't working, please send an email to ereserves@fuller.edu

2. Course Reserves (@ the Circulation Desk)

In most cases, the Fuller library will have print copies of required course text books available for checkout. Because these resources are always in-demand, the library holds them 'in reserve' at the front circulation desk and makes them available for 2 hour check out. If a book is on reserve it will be labeled as such in the library catalog (see screenshot below).

Students are welcome to utilize the free scanners in the library to create their own PDF copies of weekly readings (these do not need to be returned). If no other student has placed a hold on the item, there is no limit to the number of times a book can be checked back out to a student for additional time. If a student checks out a reserve book within two hours of library closing, they can keep the book overnight. It will be due back within two hours of the next library opening. 

3. eBooks

Some required course readings are available online as eBooks. These can be accessed through the library catalog. The Hubbard Library at Fuller acquires new resources with a preference for e-formats. It is also general academic policy that required text books should be available online when possible. We hope these policies will ensure an increasing percentage of required textbooks are available online for students without any viewing limitations. Please see the links below for more resources on accessing and searching for eBooks.

Students should be aware that some eBooks may not be available in an unlimited user format. 

  • If an assigned text is only available as a limited user eBook, students should plan accordingly by providing additional time to complete their reading assignments online, arranging for print access through library reserves, or purchasing a personal copy of the work. 
  • You can see whether an eBook has this restriction by looking under "Concurrent User Level" (EBSCO) or "Availability" (ProQuest) on the eBook's record. If you see the phrase "unlimited" in the description this should not be an issue for that eBook.

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Online and regional campus students have additional resources available to help provide them with library materials. You can review all of your access options in our Library Services for Online Users guide.

Please Note: The Hubbard library works hard to freely provide required resources for you where possible, but it is still recommended that students purchase required text books when they are able. The final responsibility for obtaining required resources lies with the student. That being said, we are happy to help find creative solutions for accessing resources. If you are having trouble finding resources online or internationally, please contact us at lib-systems@fuller.edu