Books & Course Materials

Several months before the start of the semester, faculty will be emailed instructions for ordering course material.  This email will include instructions for ordering books through the NYU book store, placing requests for desk copies, placing course material on reserve at the library as well as guidelines for photocopying and creating course packs.  All of these instructions are also noted below.

Book Orders

There are now three ways in which you can place your book orders and course pack orders through the NYU Bookstore.  Each option is detailed below.

  1. The bookstore has begun using a new book ordering system that can be accessed through NYU Classes called Follett Discover.  If you choose to use this system, I have included a tutorial here:

    To access Follett Discover, log in to NYU Classes.  Click on “NYU Bookstore” in the left hand navigation column to begin.

    Please note that this system will allow you to check on the status of your book orders.

  2. You may place your order using the following order form:

    You will need to set up an account.

    The password that you will be asked for in order to create your account is: 2015

  3. You may email the bookstore directly at  If you choose to email the bookstore, please provide them with the following information for each text so that the correct book is ordered:
    • ISBN
    • Book title
    • Author
    • Publisher
    • Edition/Year

In order to assure that your books arrive in time, please place your order as soon as possible after you receive the book order email.

Before the semester begins, instructors may want to visit the NYU Book Store to make sure that their books are in stock.  Books can be found in the rear part of the main floor of the NYU Bookstore.

Desk Copy Requests

Instructors will also have the opportunity to request complimentary desk copies of their course books each semester.  Gallatin’s Office of Faculty Services is happy to request complimentary desk copies of your course books directly from the publishers.  Please note that you must have already submitted your book order to the NYU Book Store prior to the request of a desk copy.   Most publishers will not provide desk copies without proof of a full book order. It is important to note that not all publishers grant requests for desk copies.

Desk copies will be mailed to the Gallatin office.  Please allow 4-6 weeks for your copies to arrive.  You will be notified when your desk copies are ready for pick up.

Course Packs

If you are planning to create a course pack, we encourage you to use the NYU Bookstore, which will obtain copyright permissions for the contents of your packet. You may create a course pack using the Follett Discover system or email the bookstore at

Placing Course Materials on Reserve at the Library

Required course-related materials can be placed on reserve at the NYU Libraries for students to use. Course Reserves materials include print items (available at Bobst) as well as audio and video items, and music books and scores (available at the Avery Fisher Center (AFC)).  Please follow this link for more information about course reserves.


Gallatin has photocopy machines, that can also be used as printers and scanners, on each floor where faculty offices are located.  You are welcome to use these throughout the semester for small course-related copy and scan jobs as long as you keep in mind the University’s fair use guidelines.  What this means is that you can on occasion photocopy an article, but you cannot photocopy weekly readings, a whole book, etc.

If you need assistance with copying or scanning materials, please contact the administrative aide at the front desk of your floor.

NYU’s Policy on photocopying copyrighted materials can be found here: