Student Resources

  • Consider textbook rental or buy used!
  • Comparison shop online to find the best price for your textbooks.
  • Use the book ISBN number when searching for textbooks online to ensure that you purchase the correct version of your textbook.
  • Check for student textbook sharing or exchange programs at your college.
  • Sell textbooks at the end of each term that you will not need in the future by utilizing bookstore buyback programs and online resources. Do some research to get the best buyback price.
  • Check your campus or local public library for copies of books and materials.
  • Determine if there is an e-textbook version of your required text, and check the price.
  • Check with your college about textbooks available at the library.
  • Check with your college about programs for students who cannot afford textbooks.
  • Learn more about your college bookstore price match program!!

  • Meet with faculty and bookstore managers to identify opportunities for reducing textbook costs. Consider programs such as book exchanges or textbook rental programs.
  • Consider options such as used textbooks and e-textbooks.
  • Obtain the list of required books in advance of the start of the course to allow time to locate the required textbooks at the best prices. Comparison shop online.
  • Understand the return policy before buying, especially the deadline for refunds. Save sales receipts. Keep new books in pristine condition.
  • Be certain that a textbook purchased online is an acceptable version for class, and review the online store’s return policy.
  • Sell back books at the end of the term, by the designated deadline.
  • Check the campus or public library for copies of books, especially supplemental books that are not textbooks.
  • Click HERE for more information on resources offered through FIU Libraries.