Textbooks, Get Your Textbooks!
Post by Sharon Nye
With the start of each new semester comes the purchasing of new textbooks. College is known for producing broke college students who struggle to afford textbooks twice a year. Luckily for us, options are becoming available for students that are more cost efficient.
- This past year the NC State Bookstore started a great program for renting textbooks through the school. When a student logs onto the Bookstores website to access their book list they can choose the option to rent books versus purchasing them. The books are then shipped to the student’s home address so students never have to even set foot in the store. Textbooks can also be rented electronically, so through this you have access to the book through your laptop, iPad, or any other electronic device that has internet access. One aspect of renting textbooks you will come to appreciate as a student, is that you are still allowed to do minimal writing and highlighting in the books. And last but not least, the absolute best part of renting books (in my opinion) is that there is none of the stress or hassle of selling your books after the semester has come to an end.
If you would like to keep your textbooks after the semester ends there is always the option to purchase your textbooks. The bookstore is a great resource for finding the right textbooks that you will need for your courses, and there are also other bookstores around campus that provide textbooks to students at very reasonable costs. Towards the end of the semester the NC State Bookstore sets up several locations around campus where students can sell back their textbooks to the Bookstore through their Buy-Back program. This is a great, convenient way to recoup some of the money you spent on textbooks, and put some cash in your pocket to pay for the next semester’s books.
As a college student I have had to get very creative in order to afford textbooks. I have been able to avoid purchasing textbooks for several of my classes by using the textbooks that are on reserve at D.H. Hill Library. At the beginning of the semester the library purchases a copy of all textbooks required by the professors, and they are then put on reserve at the circulation desk. This means that students can check out these textbooks for up to 4 hours at a time and use them within the library. I have been able to check out the books I need and do my readings and my homework at the library.
There are a lot of ways to get the materials you need for your classes, sometimes you just have to be creative to make it work out. The employees at the NC State Bookstore are excellent resources if you have any questions about purchasing textbooks and what books you will need for each class.