Project Textbook launched to help Mansfield students

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From left, are Julie Cimino, director of student accounts at Mansfield university; Dean Nancy Sidell; Amanda Sanko; and Nicole Book, North Hall Library.

PHOTO PROVIDED From left, are Julie Cimino, director of student accounts at Mansfield university; Dean Nancy Sidell; Amanda Sanko; and Nicole Book, North Hall Library.

MANSFIELD — In an effort to help students who may have difficulty paying for textbooks, Mansfield University has launched a new two-part program called Project Textbook.

With funding from the Student Government Association (SGA), the Project involves two programs designed to help students succeed: Reserve 2.0 and the Lending Library.

The Reserve 2.0 program expands the traditional reserve section of the North Hall Library where faculty place textbooks on reserve for any student to use in the Library. Open to all students, the goal of Reserve 2.0 is to have as many textbooks as possible available for use within the library.

The Lending Library program allows students with financial need to apply through the MU Student Accounts Office to borrow textbooks for the semester if they qualify. Books must be returned at the end of the semester so they can be loaned to other students in need.

“The goal of Project Textbook is to assure that the cost of a textbook or books is not an obstacle to a student’s success,” Nancy Sidell, dean of the College of Natural and Social Sciences, said. “We know students are more successful when they have access to textbooks. SGA, the North Hall Library staff, Students Accounts, and the Mountie Den campus bookstore have all come together to create a program that we believe will truly help our students.”

Faculty and staff are urged to donate used textbooks to Project Textbook. Financial donations are also being accepted to help build the textbook collection. Faculty are strongly encouraged to place as many course textbooks on reserve in the library as possible.

For more information on Project Textbook, including how to apply and donate, visit mans field.edu/projecttextbook.