Textbook Information

What to Purchase

In this section, the library has provided some general advice to consider prior to purchasing your text books. Although this is a straightforward process most of the time, there are cases where additional resources, course packs, or special online access is required for a course. Take some time now to review the text book section; if you have questions, contact the University Librarian, [email protected].  Please note, ‘all’ questions about the purchase, access, delivery, refunds, etc. of books purchased from the bookstore ‘must’ go directly to the bookstore.

Resource Options & Formats

  • Required Books: Required books are listed on your course site in the syllabus, the book store site, and here in the library’s textbook section. PLEASE NOTE…the Yorkville University Library will endeavour to provide access to required books. At present, we only have a few books available for access in “EBSCO Academic” database, but check there first before purchasing your books.
  • Print Books:  Print books are still by far the most popular choice of format for students.  However, please note that when you are ordering books close to the start date of your course (e.g., 2 weeks), you should ensure you use Express Post or Priority Mail delivery. Although it will cost additional money, you are ensured a more prompt delivery.
  • eBooks
    • Book Store eBooks: Ebooks are available for most text books within the book store website.
      • Rental or Temporary ebooks are usually less expensive but only accessible for a short time, such as 180 days, depending on the options.
      • Permanent or Non Expiring ebooks are available for permanent purchase.
  • Used Books: You may also purchase used books, so long as the books are the correct edition for the course. However, please be aware that some courses require special online access to resources. Used text books will not provide that access, so please ensure that you are aware of the requirements of your course prior to purchasing your text book(s).
  • MyLabs: Pearson publishers provides special online support for their text books which they call “MyLabs”. In some courses, such as PSYC 6243, these are ‘required’ for the course. You will be required to purchase the ‘MyLab’.  In most cases, Pearson Publishers bundles a temporarily accessible ebook with the MyLab.
  • Course Packs: Course Packs are additional materials to support your studies, such as journal articles or book chapters. PLEASE NOTE… there is a difference between “supportive” and “required” course packs.  Please ensure that you are aware of the differences.
    • Required Course Pack:  These are selected by course developers as important, required reading for your course.
    • Supportive Course Pack: These are OPTIONAL course packs that provide the first 20% of the textbook you’ve purchased if it will be delivered late.
  • Supplementary Materials: There are some materials that are additionally necessary for your courses. These may be located in the Book Store site, or links from your course site, such as: Business Case Studies, Psychological tests, or required course pack materials.

Where to Purchase?

  • University Bookstore: The University Book Store (Nuskule Inc.) is the primary online site for purchasing your text books for your courses, but you are welcome to use other sources.
  • VitalSource: VitalSource sells access to ebooks, both temporary and permanent purchases.
  • Amazon.ca/Kindle Option (Canadian Site): Amazon provides access options to both print books and ebook Kindle options accessible on tablets, PCs, etc.
  • Amazon.com (American Site): The American site of Amazon has more options, but we cannot guarantee all services will be in effect for Canada.
  • Public Library Option: Check with your public library, many academic textbooks can be brought in on an Inter-library loan.

When to Purchase?

  • 3-4 Weeks Prior to your Course Start Date: Occasionally our institution has to update a text book to a new edition or to an entirely different text book. This could be done at various times throughout school year. In order to ensure you have purchased the correct text book, the best time to purchase your books is approximately 1 month prior to the start date of your course. Please ensure that you use Priority Mail or Express Post for a swift delivery time.
  • Purchasing Text Books Early: If you would like to purchase your text books earlier than 1 month (8 weeks prior for example), please contact the librarian to ensure the editions will be the same.

Textbook Exchange

Dear Students,

This is a brief notice from Library Services as a reminder that the selling or distribution of scanned PDFs of textbooks is a violation of copyright, and counts as a form of academic dishonesty.

Library Services asks that you please refrain from selling or purchasing PDF copies of textbooks as we will have to forward information about such activities to our academic administration for review as well as reconsider allowing student access to such forums in future.

Forums are meant only for the resale of currently required “print” books between students which is considered an acceptable practice. Although Library Services shares student concerns over the price of textbooks as set by Publishers, we also must maintain copyright law and honest academic conduct.

If you have a question concerning what is acceptable to purchase or sell, please contact our Textbook Facilitator, Melissa Discola <[email protected]> who monitors the forums.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter,


Paul J Graham, University Librarian