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Textbook Option$: Buy or Rent?

In addition to tuition, your education expenses will include textbooks. Here are some resources you may find useful as you plan to acquire your textbooks.


Buy or Rent?

Buy or Rent?


Did you know that there are a growing number of textbook rental services available to college students? 

Renting can be a more economical way to get the books needed to succeed in your courses at the University than buying.  Just keep in mind that, while renting might be a good idea for some of your elective classes, purchasing texts can be beneficial in some cases.  For instance, books for classes in your degree program might be valuable for more than one semester, or in your professional career.

Check out these sites to find the best option for you:

Comparison Shop

Not sure which option to choose?  Check out these comparison sites that retrieve textbook prices for books in a variety of different categories, including new, used, rental, electronic and international editions

For best results, use the ISBN to comparison shop.  The ISBN is a 10 or 13-digit number that can usually be found on the barcode of a book.  This number is unique to that title and is the quickest way of finding the book you need.