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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 on the left-hand 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: You are welcome to visit our ReaderSpace located on the main floor of Smith Library and the young adult collection located in the Wanek Center Learning Commons. We maintain a list of some of the current titles that we add along with reviews. We also have a terrific Library Guide to help you find books for leisure reading.

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 menu on the left-hand side of the page. 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 borrowed, you will need to log into ‘My library account‘. Use your HPU username (no and 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: To place a hold on a library book search for the title in our library catalog. Once you see we have the title in the collection, click on the title of the book and on the next screen click the blue “Place Hold” button next to the item. Login to your library account and complete the process by following the prompts. 

How do I find and borrow eBooks?

A: You can find eBooks the same way you locate print books. Search our library catalog for eBooks by typing a title or a subject into the search bar and then clicking the eBook option on the left side of the screen. To access them, click the blue box that says “View eBook”.

Once you have opened an eBook it is yours to read and view until it is closed. This is the best way to proceed if you just need to read/print a chapter or do some research. There are several ways you can borrow/download an eBook. If you would like more information on this process, check out our eBook Research Guide or contact us via email (, telephone (336 841-9101) or use the “Ask the Librarian!” chat box on this page.

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.

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

A: Find the book in the library catalog, click on the title, and then click on the button for “Request Item through Interlibrary Loan.” This will take you to HPUShare, the library’s Interlibrary Loan request system. There, you can set up an account by using your HPU email username (without “”) and password. The first time that you log into your HPUShare account, you may need to provide some information about yourself. Please see our Interlibrary Loan page for additional information.

You can also see 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).

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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