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Types of books

Textbooks

You can find a textbook in OneSearch by searching for the title (or the most important words from the title) in the search box.

the words essentials psychology in a OneSearch search box)

(Image: the words essentials psychology in a OneSearch search box)

Please note we often have more than one edition of the same textbook. Click on the title or on "see all versions" to see all the editions. 

title of book Essentials of Understanding Psychology and "see all versions" circled in red

(Image: title of book Essentials of Understanding Psychology and "see all versions" circled in red) 

Look for the edition your professor wants you to use and see if it says it is a "Reserve" or "Stacks" book. 

several results for different editions of Essentials of Understanding Psychology with "Stacks" or "Reserves" circled in red

(Image: several results for different editions of Essentials of Understanding Psychology with "Stacks" or "Reserves" circled in red) 

"Stacks" means that the book is on the shelves downstairs in the large reading room of the library. For textbooks, books in the stacks are usually the older versions.

"Reserves" means that the book is upstairs.

  • If there are several copies of a Reserves book, you can borrow one for seven days.
  • If there is only one copy left, you can borrow it for two hours.
  • Loan periods are short so that everyone in your class gets the chance to read the chapter before the next class! 

Write down or take a photo of the call number and show it to the reserves room library staff upstairs. Give them your Hostos ID card, and they will check out the book to you.

For stacks books, see "how to find a book on the shelf" to find your book, or come talk to a librarian downstairs for assistance. 

E-books

E-book collections

You can search for any book by using OneSearch, or within one of our collections. Some suggestions are below. 

How to find a book on the shelf