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Finding Textbooks: A Guide for Students   Tags: bookstore, college_costs, textbooks  

With the steadily growing cost of texbooks, this guide seeks to provide you with alternatives. Whether you prefer buying them used, finding them for free online, or renting them, this guide will give you plenty of options.
Last Updated: Sep 12, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Textbooks at the Library

A quick how-to guide on finding your textbooks in the BGSU Libraries or through OhioLINK.  For more detailed instructions, see the Textbooks in the BGSU Libraries Catalog and Textbooks in the OhioLINK Catalog tabs.



This guide seeks to offer you 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 ever need assistance locating your textbooks within our library, requesting through OhioLINK, or simply searching online, stop by the Jerome Library Research & Information Desk, call us at 419-372-6943, or send us an IM from the box at the right.


What Students Can Do to Control Their Textbook Costs

  • Shop around, but 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.

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.


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