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Taking a Bite out of Textbook Costs

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Cal State University’s Alternative Learning Solutions project

University Bookstore

Click on one of the following:

  • CafeScribe
  • “For Rent Textbooks” to register for this program
  • “Textbooks and Course Materials” to follow the prompts and find the textbooks for your classes.  You need to know your class no. & section for this.

NOTE:  Starting in fall, 2010, there are more textbooks in the library thanks to the Graduation Initiative program

Accessing Textbooks in the Library

Method 1:  Check Course Reserves

  • Search by course name or Instructor for

o   professors’ copies of textbooks

o   library books your professor has asked us to put on reserve

NOTE:  If your textbook’s not there, you may email your professor to ask if s/he can put a copy on reserve

Method 2:  Check the Catalog

  • Go to the library’s homepage, search by the title of your textbook

o   if there’s a copy in the “book stacks,” you can find it on the shelf and check it out

o   if there’s an electronic copy, you can click through to view it online

Method 3:  Check LINK+ if our library doesn’t have it

  • Click “Repeat Search in LINK+” if you are already in the catalog


  • Click “More How-tos” under the “How to…” section of the library’s homepage
  • Click “Get it if we don’t have it”
  • Then click “LINK+” and search by title
  • if your textbook is available for borrowing, you can request it by clicking “Request this Item” and filling out the required information

NOTE: LINK+ books arrive in 3-4 business days and can be checked out for 3 weeks

Other Buy/Rent Options for Textbooks

Compare textbook prices (rent or buy print or electronic textbooks)

o   DealOz

o   BigWords

o   AddAll

Valore Books

Check individual Websites (buy)


o   Textbooks at amazon (buy and sell)

Check individual websites (rent)

o   Chegg

o   BookRenter

o   College BookRenter

o   Individual publishers’ Websites

Last Updated 10.10.12

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