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FAQ: Books/eBooks

How do I find a book?

A: Use the library’s online catalog, WorldCat Discovery, to search for books and other materials in the HPU Libraries collection. To see materials held only by HPU Libraries, narrow your search to HPU Libraries, High Point University on the pull down menu. Our catalog also allows you to search for materials held by other libraries in our area through the Triad Academic Library Association (TALA), and materials held by libraries around the world, which you can borrow through Interlibrary Loan.

How do I find books for leisure reading?

A: If you know the title of the book you’re looking for, simply search our library catalog. Don’t forget to narrow your search to HPU Libraries in the pull down menu if you want to see only titles we have. To find a list of new fiction, click here and for a general list of new titles (including nonfiction) click here. We also have a terrific Research Guide to help you find books for leisure reading. Of course, you can always ask a librarian; contact us via chat, phone or email, or come on in and visit us at any of our library spaces, we are happy to make recommendations!

How do I renew my books?

A: To renew books that you have checked out from HPU Libraries, you will need to log in to ‘My library account‘. If you have not logged in before, click on “Set/reset password” and enter your HPU username (without You will then receive an email in your HPU inbox that will allow you to set up your password. Once you are logged in, you can see all the items you have checked out; click on the “Renew” button next to the item(s) you would like to renew.

How do I place a hold?

A: If you need to check out an item and cannot get to the library that day or the item is already checked out and you want to have it as soon as it is returned, you may place a hold on it. To place a hold, sign into ‘My library account‘ and then search for the title in our catalog. Once you see we have the title, you may click the blue “Place Hold” button next to the item and follow the prompts. Alternatively, you may search the catalog first, find the book and click on the blue “Place Hold” button where you will then be prompted to login to your library account to complete the process.

How do I find and borrow eBooks?

A: HPU Libraries have a large selection of eBooks on all topics. Ebooks are just like print books only you can access them online; that means no pickups, returns or late fees! The best way to find eBooks is to go to our Databases A-Z List and narrow the search to e-books, you will then see a full listing of all databases offering eBooks.
There are a few ways you can borrow eBooks. The simplest way is to read the book online without downloading it. You are usually able to read the HTML version right on the site or download a pdf of the book; you can do this with most of our eBooks (except our popular AXIS360 books which must be checked out). If you do choose to download an eBook, you will be asked for your HPU username and password (or in the case of EBSCO eBooks, you will create an EBSCO account to access the material).
If you would like more information on HPU’s eBooks, please see our eBook Research Guide or contact us.

Do you lend textbooks?

A: Due to the variety and volume of textbooks used each semester, we are unable to purchase textbooks for each class. Textbooks we do own are located to the right of the circulation desk. Your professor may have a textbook on reserve for student use or you may try to borrow one for the short term via Interlibrary Loan. You may always purchase textbooks at the bookstore.

How do I get a book or article the library does not own?

A: To get a book or other item from the library’s online catalog that HPU Libraries does not own, you have a few options. First, if the book/item is held by a library in the Triad Academic Library Association (TALA), you can go directly to that library to check out the book. Be sure to check that the book is available at that library (you may want to call ahead). If the book/item is not available through TALA, click on the title, and then click on the button for “Request Item through Interlibrary Loan.” This will take you to ILLiad, the library’s Interlibrary Loan request system. There, you can set up an Illiad account if you don’t have one already by using your HPU email username (without “”) and password. Once you are logged into your ILLiad account, you may need to provide some information about yourself if you’re a first-time user, and then you will be able to click on the type of item you want under New Request. Please see our Interlibrary Loan page for additional information.

What is TALA?

A: High Point University Libraries and the Triad Academic Library Association (TALA) allow patrons (students, staff, and faculty) to borrow materials from participating TALA libraries. A patron must show his or her current ID and, in most instances, will need to verify themselves electronically by showing that they are included in a home campus directory or are an active member of a Blackboard class. The lending school determines the number of items one can borrow and the length of checkout. All patrons are required to return TALA items on time and are responsible for the items that they check out.

Participating TALA Libraries: Alamance Community College, Bennett College, Elon University, Forsyth Technical Community College, Greensboro College, Guilford College, Guilford Technical Community College, High Point University, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, Salem College, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem State University


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