Where can I find my required course texts?


As SUNY Geneseo students know, Sundance Books is the campus’ main supplier of course texts. Not only does Sundance provide the utmost in convenience, but the person-to-person customer service cannot be matched elsewhere.

Where can students turn when their required texts are not readily available at Sundance?

There are a number of options; some of which may be obvious, while others may provide students with affordable, and in some cases charitable, solutions.

MSNBC recently featured an article providing suggestions on ways that college students can save money on their required textbooks.

Options range from borrowing books from Milne Library and through Information Delivery Services to textbook rentals to swapping books. Each comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. For instance, most libraries do not carry many textbooks. If they do, they may be in such high demand that they rarely lend them to other libraries. Keep in mind that if they do lend them, it will be for a limited amount of time rather than for a whole semester.

Following are a few links that could be of interest:

Textbook Rental

Textbook Swap

Comparison Shop

Textbook Resale

Originally posted September 1, 2008 by Kim Davies Hoffman

About Bonnie J. M. Swoger
Science Librarian at SUNY Geneseo, a small, public liberal arts college. I am interested in scientific communication in general and how we teach students about how scientists share information.

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