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Course Reserves

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



rows of bookshelves in library               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. 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 area, on the left, then look for your course on the right.  Each book is linked to a record in our library catalog or the Ebook database.  If you don't see your course, the Library does not have a copy of your textbook.


Print Books

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

** Remote scanning of Course Reserves chapters is available to faculty and students while Building 15 is closed due to COVID-19. **

To request chapter scans, please fill out the request form or contact us at or 253-589-5544.  Items will be ready 48 hours after the scanning request is received, Monday-Friday only, and sent directly to your e-mail as a PDF.

Occasionally, an additional copy of the book will be available. If the location is marked as "Circulation" (instead of "Reserves") it is available for checkout. In that case, you can contact the library to place a hold on the book and then arrange a curbside pickup.


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.