Answered By: Kelly MacWatters
Last Updated: Mar 20, 2018     Views: 8

The ODLIS-the Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science defines a textbook as “an edition of a book specifically intended for the use of students who are enrolled in a course of study or preparing for an examination on a subject or in an academic discipline, as distinct from the trade edition of the same title, sometimes published in conjunction with a workbook, lab manual, and/or teaching manual.”

Works of literature, histories, and scholarly studies, among other types of texts, may be required reading for a class, but they do not qualify as “textbooks” as defined above.  These works may already be part of the library’s holdings and are not subject to the same guidelines as textbooks.