Top Textbooks at GW Libraries
$192,513 in textbook savings
Based on individual checkouts per semester
The Top Textbooks at GW Libraries program acquires up to five copies of required textbooks for a select group of undergraduate, high enrollment courses with traditionally expensive textbooks and places them on course reserve for use by all students. Textbooks are available for use in accordance with current course reserve practices and loan periods. Top Textbooks are available both at Gelman Library and at Eckles Library, although only Gelman has the full collection.
The escalating price of textbooks is a significant concern for undergraduate students, and many students struggle to afford the $1200 average cost of textbooks and supplies each year. The Top Textbooks program, launched in fall 2017, began as a proposal by former Student Association president Peak Sen Chua and continues as a collaboration with the Student Association. We continue to make improvements to the program each semester, thanks to input from students like you -- for instance, the extended three-hour loan period is a direct result of your feedback!
How It Works
Students can come to either the Gelman or Eckles Library Check Out Desk any time it is open to request the textbook for a participating course. If the textbook is available (not currently on loan to another student) the student may check the book out with their GWorld card to use for three hours. Textbooks may be used overnight if checked out in the three hours before the Check Out Desk closes. Items must be returned before 8:30 AM the following day.
At Gelman, course reserve materials must be returned to the Reserve Book Drop located in the front of the Check Out Desk, or fines may be incurred. Unreturned books will incur a fine for the cost of replacing the book. Reserve materials may not be renewed. Once items have been returned, they can be checked out again after a 15-minute waiting period.
In the event that an instructor changes or adds a required textbook during the semester, you may experience a delay while Top Textbooks acquires the new book.
How to Check if a Textbook is Currently Available
To see whether a textbook is currently available in Gelman or Eckles Library (i.e., not currently checked out by another student), search the library catalog for course reserves. To learn how to search for course reserves, visit our How Do I? page on the topic.
Top Textbooks includes required books for the following courses in spring semester 2019:
|ACCY 2001||Introduction to Financial Accounting|
|ACCY 2002||Introductory Managerial Accounting|
|ANTH 1001||Biological Anthropology|
|ANTH 1002||Sociocultural Anthropology|
|ASTR 1001||Stars, Planets, and Life in the Universe|
|ASTR 1002||Origins of the Cosmos|
|BADM 2001W||Markets & Politics|
|BISC 1006||The Ecology and Evolution of Organisms|
|BISC 1116||Introductory Biology: The Biology of Organisms|
|BISC 2202||Cell Biology|
|CHEM 1004||Contemporary Science for Nonscience Majors|
|CHEM 2152||Organic Chemistry II|
|COMM 1025||Introduction to Communication Studies|
|ECON 1011||Principles of Economics I|
|ECON 2180||Survey of International Economics|
|GEOG 1001||Introduction to Human Geography|
|GEOG 1002||Introduction to Physical Geography|
|GEOG 2120||World Regional Geography|
|HIST 1011||World History, 1500-present|
|HIST 2340W||US Diplomatic History|
|IAFF 1005||Introduction to International Affairs|
|MATH 1009||Mathematical Ideas|
|MATH 1231||Single Variable Calculus I|
|MATH 1232||Single Variable Calculus II|
|MATH 1252||Calculus for Social and Management Sciences|
|PHYS 1011||General Physics I|
|PHYS 1012||General Physics II|
|PHYS 1021||University Physics I|
|PSC 1001||Introduction to Comparative Politics|
|PSC 1002||Introduction to American Politics and Government|
|PSC 1003||Introduction to International Politics|
|PSYC 1001||General Psychology|
|PSYC 2011||Abnormal Psychology|
|PSYC 2011w||Abnormal Psychology|
|PSYC 2012||Social Psychology|
|PSYC 2013||Developmental Psychology|
|PSYC 2014||Cognitive Psychology|
|STAT 1053||Introduction to Statistics in Social Sciences|
Hours of Operation
Fines for Late Returns
Fines are an important tool to make sure circulating items are returned promptly and are available for everyone. To ensure these textbooks remain available, late returns will be assessed a fine of $1.20/hour per item with a $30.00 maximum fine per item.
Questions or Suggestions
Please contact any member of the library implementation team with questions or suggestions:
Looking for Assistance with Financial Insecurity?
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