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Textbook$ - Finding & Buying Books

Textbooks are expensive

-The high cost of some course materials can impede students’ academic success.
-In the 2020 College Board Report, "Trends in College Pricing and Student Aid," the average undergraduate should budget $1,240 - $1,460 for textbooks and supplies.
-The cost of textbooks is rising at a rate of 4 times inflation.
-Seven out of 10 students don’t purchase a required textbook during their academic career because of cost.
-60% of students have delayed purchasing textbooks until they’ve received their financial aid.

Financial Aid and Textbooks

Explore the Grant and Scholarship Resources Guide to find information about the Student Government Association (SGA) Textbook Purchase Grant and other funding to pay for texbooks.

Reference Librarian

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Ruth Whitney
Ruth Whitney

Adjunct Faculty, Library Services
Subjects: Education

What is in this Guide for Finding Textbooks?

This guide will help you find the textbooks you need.

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Use the links below or the tabs on the left side of the page to find ways to find your textbooks. Save some time and money too!

Oakton Bookstore
Oakton Library
Websites - Compare Textbook Prices

Choices for Finding Textbooks

I need to get my textbook, but should I...

Buy the book new

Use the Digital Access textbook for your class (DDA)

Buy a used copy of the book

Rent the textbook

Buy an E-Book

Buy an E-Chapter

Get the book from the Oakton Library Textbook Reserve

Borrow the book from a Library


Explore the pages of this guide to check your options for getting the right textbooks, on time, and at the right price.


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Check out more textbook prices at the Oakton Bookstore and find other websites that check prices on the Websites tab.

Scholarships & Grant Funds for Textbooks

Textbook Funding Resources

Student Government Association (SGA) Textbook Purchase Grant

Each year the SGA provides students financial resources to assist with the cost of textbooks.  The application to be considered is available at: 

Students may email Financial Aid with questions about this grant or other options for help buying textbooks