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I'm a bit surprised at this article - I studied Physics in the Tel Aviv Univesity (Israel), and I could borrow every course book from the library. Those weren't even necessary, all of the course materials were available from the course website as summaries, formula handbooks and so forth.

U.S universities don't stock their libraries with multiple copies of their course books?

Typically there are 1-2 copies on reserve at the library, but you can only check them out for a couple hours at the time. With a class of 50+ students that's not a workable solution for most. And most don't even try anyway..

Wow. We had dozens of copies of the important books, and you could borrow it for 2-4 weeks at a time (depending on the book).

That's never been my experience. One or two books only, and I'm not even sure students were allowed to sign it out of the library.

Are you referring to TAU? what department were you in?

No, business.

The book is worthless without the online access code.

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