Find Course Materials

For many classes, all required materials may be available on Canvas, so check your course Canvas page to make sure you understand what materials are required.

Northwestern strongly recommends ordering course materials as early as possible in advance of the start of the academic term. When you place an order from any vendor, be sure to check the delivery dates to ensure the shipping and delivery timelines meet your schedule for the start of term. In many cases, course materials will also be available in a digital format, which can help avoid potential shipping delays. Northwestern encourages the use of digital materials whenever possible.

Course materials available through the Northwestern Libraries

Email library@northwestern.edu with any questions about accessing your assigned course materials through the library.

  • Textbooks. Check NUsearch to see if your textbook is available in digital format at the Libraries. If not, the Libraries may be able to purchase an e-book version if it is available. Email library@northwestern.edu if you have any questions.
  • Course reserves. Physical (book) course reserves are not available during the fall quarter. Access digital resources that your instructors have made available as eReserves on Canvas, including journal articles, book chapters, and audio and video streaming. Click “Course Reserves” in the navigation bar of the course for which they were requested.
  • Software. Access the software suite that is available on library computers by connecting to the Libraries Remote PCs. Visit the instruction page for a list of software and instructions on how to connect.
Ordering textbooks

Choose your bookstore below, and select the “Textbooks” tab on top of the main menu bar. The “Find Course Materials” page will appear. Please follow the instructions to place your order.