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This guide offers students some options for acquiring textbooks for their classes; however, check with your professor that the book you select can be used in your class. For additional tips, read Guide to Finding Cheap Textbooks: 3rd Edition by By Tara S

Need a textbook?

The University Bookstore has rental kiosks in the store for students to rent books directly off the shelf. This service will help you cut the up front cost of course materials; you will need a credit card in order to use the rental platform.

You can also compare the prices of books at Carnegie Mellon's Bookstore to other vendors at http://cmu.verbacompare.com/.  Simply find the book for your course and click compare!

Check if a book you need for class is available in the library, you can search CAMEO.

If you want to see if your instructor placed class required readings on reserve at the library, check Course Reserves.

Yes, you heard us right!  You can even try to trade books with others.  Here's a trading site:
SwapTree.com

Compare prices at these online websites:

a. Affordabook.com
b. Allbookstores.com
c. Amazon.com - Compare Prices or Purchase Directly
d. Bookfinder.com
e. CheapTextBooks.com
f. TheCheapTextBook.com
g. TextbookPriceComparison.com

Buy Used, Rent
or Borrow  this may be cheaper than purchasing new textbooks.  Here are some online used books sellers and/or renters:

a.  Abebooks.com - New and Used
b.  Bookbyte.com
c.  BookRenter.com - Rentals Only
d.  BuyUsedTextbooks.com
e.  CampusBookRentals.com - Rentals Only
f.   Campusbooks.com
g.  Chegg.com - Rent or Buy
h.  CollegeSwapShop.com
i.   College Book Renter - rental only
j.   Half.com
- Buy from Individual Sellers
k.  PickTextBook.com - compare and buy print & digital books
l.   RedShelf - as advertised at our campus book store, you can borrow eBooks for 90 and 120 days
m. Textbooks.com

n. ValoreBooks.com

Electronic versions are sometimes available and may be cheaper.  All major retailers sell them, and you can check publishers' websites for an electronic version.  Here are some websites to get you started:  

a. Coursesmart.com
b. Cengagebrain.com
c. ecampus.com - Also sell physical textbooks
d. efollet.com
e. Kindle Textbook Rentals (from Amazon)
f.  Wiley.com


NOTE: Carnegie Mellon University Libraries subscribes to eBooks.  For information on how to search our eBooks and more, please visit us here.

Many websites provide free electronic access to books that are no longer covered by copyright protection: 

a. Books.Google.com/
b. Flatworldknowledge.com
c. Gutenberg.org
d. Internet Public Library(www.ipl.org)
e. Open Text Book
f.  Wikibooks.com

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Credits & Disclaimer

This guide is based on information from CUNY Libraries' Textbook Savings.

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