Dennis Smith, Manager of Access Services at the USF library, knows that reserve textbooks are in great demand. He and his team manage the Textbook Affordability Project reserves. For each course with an enrollment of at least 150 students, the bookstore requests two extra copies from the publisher for library reserves. To raise student awareness, a sticker identifies these books as part of the Textbook Affordability Project. Usage is carefully monitored and reported to the bookstore.
Dennis and his team notice that students are asking for textbook reserves now more than ever. That is why one of the future initiatives of TAP is to obtain textbook reserves for each course in science and mathematics, regardless of enrollment, as these textbooks tend to be the most expensive and place the greatest strain on students’ budgets.