Skip to main content
BGSU University Libraries

Finding Textbooks: A Guide for Students: Home

What Students Can Do to Control Their Textbook Costs

  • Shop around, understand the return policies before purchasing textbooks, and save your sales receipts. Be careful to buy the right "version" of the textbook. Do you need software that comes with it? If you buy online, can you return it without paying shipping? Can you get a refund on the shipping charges you already paid?
  • Go to the first day of class and make sure the professor is using all of the textbooks.
  • Buy used textbooks if possible.
  • Check to see if your textbook can be rented from the BGSU Bookstore.
  • Encourage your professor to place a copy of the textbook on University Libraries reserve, or to work with the University Bookstore's textbook rental program.
  • If practical, share books with classmates.


This guide shares a number of alternatives to purchasing textbooks.  Whether you borrow them from the library, rent them, buy them used, or can find them freely available online, we hope you'll find yours!  If you need assistance locating your textbooks within the library, requesting through OhioLINK, or simply searching online, stop by the Jerome Library Research & Information Desk, call us at 419-372-6943, text us at 419-318-1999, or click here to access the Ask Us! via chat.

BGSU Textbook Rental

BGSU Bookstore

The BGSU Bookstores located on both campuses launched a price comparison service called “BGSUChoose” in spring semester, 2011. Students can see the core book information for BGSU classes, including the Bookstore’s prices for rental, eText, used, and new books as well as the prices of ten online competitors.  Seamless ordering is possible from this site for all five companies and a special analytics tool allows the Bookstore to price many new books below the standard selling price to be more competitive with the market rate.