The SHSU library generally does not purchase textbooks. However, a subject librarian has the discretion to purchase a textbook if it has research, study, or archival value beyond the needs of individual coursework.
A textbook is a manual of instruction specifically intended for the use of students enrolled in a course of study or preparing for an examination on a subject or in an academic discipline.
Textbooks present challenges for library collection development because:
Faculty or student submits request for purchase of a textbook to subject selector.
The Subject Selector considers available budget funds, usefulness of textbook to the library collections, and uses their discretion to purchase or not purchase the textbook