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

McHenry Library/Reserve Requests

  • 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 books for your course through the Baytree Bookstore, please submit the online course book requisition before May 31 (for both sessions), although the sooner, the better. If you have questions about filling out this form on the web, e-mail or call the bookstore at 831-459-4216. Bookstore staff monitor enrollment figures for each course to ensure that enough texts have been ordered for your students.
  • To order books through The Literary Guillotine (204 Locust Street, downtown Santa Cruz), submit the course order form. Call 831-457-1195 or email with questions. 

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 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.  We are happy to deliver them to your office or department or hold until you can pick 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  • additional reading materials (such as reprints of copyright text or illustrations, or original, unpublished text or illustrations).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 customer's' 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 courses - May 29

  • Session 2 courses - July 10