With a $10,000 ASSC grant and a partnership with the Skyline College Bookstore, the Library is expanding its reserve collection with high-demand textbooks to increase access to critical learning materials and student success. Guidelines for purchases include (1) high cost, (2) high usage, and (3) high number of course sections requiring a textbook.
The increasingly high cost of textbooks is a barrier for many Skyline College students. Many textbooks cost over $200 – especially in math, science, and career technology disciplines. PIRGs, a research and advocacy organization, found that high textbook costs deter 65% of students from purchasing assigned materials despite concerns for their grades (Senack, 2014). Many students rely on 2-hour library “reserve” textbooks for access to their course materials whether they are waiting for financial aid funds, have ordered a book online that has not arrived, or are unable to purchase or rent the book.
Article by Pearl Ly | Photo by Kristen Lee