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Course Reserves

Use this guide to find CPTC course materials that are available for in-library use or online.


This guide is currently undergoing updates. To see if your textbook is available, search our book catalog or contact the LRC by phone (253-589-5544) or email (

               Using Course Reserves


The CPTC Library has a large collection of currently-assigned textbooks (known as "Course Reserves") that are available for students to use within the Library building. While we aim to keep a large and updated collection, we cannot guarantee that any individual textbook will be available through our collection. Any textbooks requiring access codes will not be available through the library as the codes are single-use. Please refer to the CPTC bookstore for information on how to buy your required textbooks.

All of the required textbooks you see in this guide are available in the CPTC Library.  Click on the subject areas to the left to see what is available.  Each book is linked to a record in our library catalog or the Ebook database. If you don't see your course, please contact the library to see if it is available.


Print Books

Print Course Reserve books must be used in the LRC; they cannot be borrowed and taken home.  Please ask at the Circulation Desk if you wish to use these materials while you are at the LRC.

Occasionally, an additional copy of the book will be available. If the location is marked as "Circulating Reserves" (instead of "Reserves") it is available for checkout for one week.

Scans of textbook chapters within copyright limits may be made available to students who cannot come to campus. Please contact us at or 253-589-5544 for more information.


Electronic Books

Some course reserves items are available electronically through our main ebook provider, Ebook Central. To access one of these ebooks, you'll need to create an account and be logged in to gain access through the links provided in this guide. Once your account is created, you'll have unlimited remote access to your ebook.