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Textbook Travail?

For those of us who work at the Reference desk (fourth-floor public desk), this is not an uncommon phone, email or in-person question around the start of any given semester.

Mostly from college students, but there's the occasional one in high school.

It's a subject that can cause substantial panic.

As a public library, we don't own much in the way of textbooks. The good news, however, is that we can steer you to other places that do.

It's a competitive industry, and textbooks sites can offer a range of options: buy a new or used copy. Or, rent one.

 Many students already know, but for those who don't:

  • ​Check if other students at your school own a used copy of the textbook you need.
  • Check your school library catalog.
  • Rent or buy textbooks for a fee. Companies include:  Chegg, Amazon, and eBay
  • If none of the above works, contact your course instructor.

In addition to the three companies in the third bullet above, you might look at:

-- abebooks.com

-- affordabook.com

-- bigwords.com/book

-- bookfinder.com

-- campusbooks.com

-- ecampus.com

-- gettextbooks.com

-- slugbooks.com

-- textbookrush.com

-- valorebooks.com

 

There's enough going on at the start of a new semester without getting more anxious about tracking down textbooks.

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