Skip to Main Content

Textbooks (Finding) -- where to purchase or rent: Overview

This guide will share ideas on where you can purchase or rent textbooks for classes.

R.A. Williams Library

The Library has selected "required" text at the service desk --- these are often referred to as "Textbook Reserve books or Course Reserves". The books can be checked out for 2 hours with your student ID. Don't forget that scanning some pages is possible sending the PDF to your email.



The Library also have more and more ebook course text. Check the library catalog.

Options for Textbooks

If the Library does not have the textbook  you need --

1. Check with your professor to inquire about the textbook to be in the library. The course instructor needs to request the book be placed on reserve in the library.

2. Where can you purchase textbooks? 

  • eCampus Bookstore
  • VitalSource
  • Check the list of Textbook Rental or Purchase Options
  • Have classmates who have the textbook?

Consumer Assistance

Use the consumer sites, but do not forget to ask -- how are the items being ranked, who ranked them, is the site one I can trust.

Multiple BookDealer Search

The Library does not promote any specific site. The Library presents as information. Analyze the site you use.

Textbook Resources