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A guide to textbooks inside and outside the library.

About Textbooks

The STLCC Libraries receive many inquiries about textbooks before and during the semesters. The Libraries are NOT the primary source of textbooks for your courses.

We do have a limited number of textbooks that faculty place on 2-hour reserve. 2-hour reserve means these texts may be used in the library only for two hours. They may be renewed for another two hours provided no one else is waiting to use them.

At best, this works as a way to get through the first week or so of class while waiting for your textbook to arrive.

This Guide will

  • Show you how to find what textbook is needed for your course.

  • Show you how to use the STLCC Libraries' catalog and the MOBIUS catalog to check other libraries for your book.

  • Point you to sources for purchasing or renting texbooks.

What Textbook Do I Need?

You can search the STLCC bookstores online to find the textbooks you need for the courses you're taking. You can order them for pick up from the bookstore, or you can have them shipped directly to you.

You should note the ISBN number of the book the course calls for -- it's a number unique to a certain edition of the book. The edition of the textbook is very important, and there may be many editions of the same book.

Find the ISBN Number

Here's the ISBN number in the STLCC bookstores search.

Swap Textbooks with Other STLCC Students

The campus bookstores have Textbook Swap services on their website. Click on Swap Textbooks under the Books menu to access it.

St. Louis Community College Libraries

Florissant Valley Campus Library
3400 Pershall Rd.
Ferguson, MO 63135-1408
Phone: 314-513-4514

Forest Park Campus Library
5600 Oakland
St. Louis, MO 63110-1316
Phone: 314-644-9210

Meramec Campus Library
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-5720
Phone: 314-984-7797

Wildwood Campus Library
2645 Generations Drive
Wildwood, MO 63040-1168
Phone: 636-422-2000