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Finding Low Cost Textbooks
Textbooks are not cheap, but you need them if you want to excel in your classes. To save money on textbooks, the Library is providing a few tips and locations where you may find cheaper versions.
Tips to Try
- Rent instead of buy. (See a list of websites below.)
- Buy used.
- Buy the book from another student who has taken the class before.
- Check with the UDC Library to see if they or other local libraries have the book or e-book.
- Request the book through ILL. (These items can take two weeks to arrive and have short loan periods).
- Check with your professor if it’s okay to use an earlier edition.
- Sell your old textbooks to fund your new books.
NOTE: Some textbooks come with a digital access code that you need to access quizzes, tests, and assignments. If your class requires this code, you will need to buy a new textbook.
How to Buy Used Textbooks
If you decide to buy a used textbook, make sure to keep the following in mind:
- Order the right edition of the book.
- Search by ISBN whenever possible. You’re more likely to get the right copy.
- Be careful with foreign editions. They may be cheaper, but the content (particularly assignments and quizzes) can be different.
- Read up on the used copy’s condition - some books are like new, others will include highlighting and notes in the margins.
- See where the book ships from - if the book is coming from overseas, it may not arrive in time. Consider shipping costs.
- Look at multiple used copy listings before picking one to buy.
You can find used textbooks on the following websites:
(**) You can also rent books from these websites
The content of this LibGuide is borrowed from Finding Low Cost Textbooks by Meghan Kowalski and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.