Have you seen how big some of those academic books are? Have you seen the price of some of them? How can I be expected to carry those around? If my university is in Leicester, how can I get copies?
Guys, seriously, don’t worry! Not all academic books are that large! Once you are used to reading such material and choosing what to read and what not to read – it becomes easier.
They are however expensive and some can be difficult to acquire. Good news! Distance Learning students at the University of Leicester have no problem getting hold of academic books!
Firstly, just like journal articles, many of these books are e-books and are therefore accessible through your UoL IT account. You log-in to the digital library and you can view, download and print items according to the copyright licences held by the University.
Secondly, you can borrow physical, hard copy items from the library by turning-up in person and collecting them. Or you can arrange for postal delivery and the items will come to you. You post them back when finished with them. If you only need a chapter then the Library can print you off a specified chapter and post it to you.
Lastly, you can join the SCONUL scheme. That is, through the UoL you can apply for SCONUL access (in the UK) which allows you, once enrolled, to order and collect books from your local or most convenient academic library. You need an email of consent from the UoL and an ID card. You then need to visit the convenient academic library and make an arrangement there. When you order books they generally email you to say that they are ready to collect – all done! Don’t forget though to return them in time!
Oh and by the way – most of this is a free service unless you fail to return stuff in time.