Students: Save Money on Textbooks

Posted: September 19, 2023

By: Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons

Save Money on Textbooks
Fall is here––yay! With all the excitement comes a bit of anxiety as students
purchase the necessary course materials for the fall quarter. Students, don’t despair! There are many ways to save money on textbooks and the Lemieux Library has put together a few webpages to guide you through them.

Visit the Library’s Textbook Options page to learn about the most cost-effective ways to purchase textbooks. These webpages will also introduce you to the Textbook Initiative AY23-24 which is a partnership between the Library and the Campus Store to increase access to textbooks through Library Course Reserves. 

A sneak peek at some of the top-level ways to save money on textbooks 

  • Check Course Reserves for textbooks that you may have access to.  
  • Check Canvas for scanned chapters or journals from your instructor or the Library.  
  • Search Primo, the online library catalog, to see if we have what you’re looking for.  
  • Borrow from Summit, a free service for students that provides access to millions of titles from our network of PNW academic libraries.  
  • Borrow from InterLibrary Loan, another free service for students that provides access to a network of materials beyond Seattle University and Summit catalogs.   
  • Campus Store or Textbook Lending Library, Campus Ministry 
  • Peruse this robust list of online resources 
  • Check Open Educational Resources (OERs) for public domain/openly licensed materials.  
  • And a very useful “Additional Tips” section at the very bottom of the page.   

The Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons is an invaluable resource for Seattle University students––providing many resources and services to enhance not just your academic life but personal interests as well. Have more questions? Please don’t hesitate to connect with us:  

Contact your Liaison Librarian, who will determine if the Library can purchase an electronic copy of the text.  

Help is available in person and virtually via chat.