The Barnes and Noble on campus is running out of textbooks due to a paper shortage, leaving students without required textbooks for class.

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The Barnes and Noble on campus is running out of textbooks due to a paper shortage, leaving students without required textbooks for class.

Some students' textbooks are on backorder for up to five weeks.

Barnes and Noble employee Coran Berry says parents call to complain about the issue, but it is out of their hands. 

“There’s nothing we can really do about it," Berry said.

Raw wood pulp price increases, mill closings and rising transportation costs all contributed to the lack of paper available to print books.

Professor Lisa Hebert's class is having a difficult time obtaining the required course materials due to the paper shortage. 

“It has been a nightmare. It has not been fun," Hebert said. "In life you always have 'plan b'. For 'plan b', we put the book on reserve in the library.”

She instructs her students to take pictures of the reserved book when they have to complete an assignment from the text. She also suggest that they buy digital copies of the textbook. 

“I was telling them to buy it online, and ...I’m old school," Hebert said. "I like having my paper books; if they like that, to go to the library to make copies of the book that we have on reserve.” 

Barnes and Noble employees say backorder times can be expected to get longer. 

Like all other shortages, there is no prediction on when this paper shortage will end.