Books (ordering course readers, textbooks, and desk copies)

McHenry Library/Reserve Requests


  • Though physical reserves collections are not accessible as long as the library buildings are closed, they are working to find and purchase institutional ebook options for your students and adding them to Course Reserve lists for simple and easy discovery.
  • If you would like us to look into purchasing institutional ebook options for your course-required texts, submit a Reserves Book request form

Streaming Media

  • The Library is also working to support streaming film requests for instruction whenever possible. 
  • Submit a Media Reserves request form for streaming media requests. 

Please limit streaming video requests to films that are required for a summer class. In your request, include the date when access would first be needed for required viewing. This will help ensure that the library is able to meet your class needs. 

On-Campus Classes:
  • You can bring a copy of your appointment letter to the circulation desk and they will issue you a library card for the duration of the Summer Session. 
  • Please submit your reserves request three weeks before classes begin to allow sufficient time to process materials, and to purchase titles not owned by the library. You can also submit your requests in person at either library, using their printable form or by picking up a form at the Circulation Desk.

Ordering Textbooks

To order your course books through the Bay Tree Bookstore, you can submit your order through their online adoption platform, Verba Collect. When the bookstore is ready to receive Summer orders, you will receive an email with a personalized link where you can submit your textbook requests. Once you log in, you'll see a list of sections assigned to you. Choose sections to work on or navigate to the Help button at the top right of the screen for a series of short videos to help get you started.

Please submit your order to the Bookstore by:

  • May 6 for Session 1, 8wk, and 10wk courses
  • June 24 for Session 2 courses
The sooner they have your list, the more time they will have to get your course materials in on time and mitigate any issues should they arise. 

If you have not received a link or have any questions about how to submit your order, send an email to or call the bookstore at 831-459-4216 and they'll be happy to help. 

If you order your books through an alternative vendor, you will need to monitor your course enrollment and give that information to them.

Desk Copies

Publishers require instructors to order their desk copies.


  • Visit your textbook's website to request a free desk copy.

  • Policies on ordering multiple desk copies vary across publishers.

If you need more copies than the publisher is willing to provide, email during April and May. Perhaps we can purchase a copy for you if for example your course is co-taught.


  • You can ship desk copies to our office to have us deliver them to your office or department or hold them until you can pick them up.

Summer Session
UC Santa Cruz
140 Hahn Student Services
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Course Reader (custom textbook)

A course reader can include:

  • lab manuals

  • lecture notes

  • answer keys

  • a course syllabus

  • a reading list and schedule

  • additional reading materials (such as reprints of copyright text or illustrations, or original, unpublished text or illustrations).  

If you need more than 50 copies per student for your course, create a course reader instead.


  • The UCSC Copy Center offers complete textbook production services, including copyright clearance, preparation of customers documents for reproduction, custom binding, distribution of custom textbooks to students through the Bay Tree Bookstore, and payments of royalties to copyright holders. You can also refer to the “Making Copies” page on our website for more information.

Deadline for Printing:

  • Session 1, 8-wk and 10-wk courses - May 27

  • Session 2 courses - July 8