Textbook Options for Students
Buy or Rent your Textbook from:
- MacEwan University Bookstore (they are currently offering reduced shipping rates due to COVID-19).
- RedShelf - a popular digital rental and discount purchase site that includes many textbooks
- Vital Source - another digital rental and discount purchase site that includes many textbooks
Some textbooks may be freely available online. Check out:
Borrow from the Library:
The Library is currently closed. Information about library services is updated regularly.
A copy of most required textbooks can be borrowed from the Library Services desk for two hours, with no renewals, on a first-come first-served basis. To expedite the process, know the title of the textbook and the relevant course name and number.
Request Portions of Books in the Library Collection
CAUTION: Entire textbooks cannot be scanned due to copyright restrictions and repeat requests for the same title will be monitored. Requests will typically be processed within 2 business days.
CAUTION: Before you buy a used textbook, check to see if the book includes an access code for online content and if the code is necessary. If your professor says the code is needed, and your code has been used or is expired, you’ll be stuck buying a new one, which can be more costly than just buying a new textbook.
Finished with your textbook? Post it on the MacEwan Used Book Exchange on Facebook, or check out the MacEwan Bookstore Buyback program and see if the Bookstore wants to give you money for your old books!
Sometimes you can find older editions of textbooks available for sale online.
CAUTION: Before deciding you don’t need that new edition, check with your instructor. The content can occasionally change quite a bit between editions, and you might be missing out on some important sections!
Textbook Options for Faculty
Switch to an Open Textbook
There’s a growing number of online textbooks that instructors are free to use, share, and modify including:
Switch to a Digital Rental Option
Consider assigning a textbook for which a digital rental options exists. RedShelf and Vital Source are two popular sites that offer digital texts, purchase discounts, and rental options of many popular textbooks.
Keep Using Older Editions
Only switch to a new edition of a textbook if the content is outdated or the edition becomes unavailable from publishers. This gives students more opportunities to buy used copies and sell them when they no longer need them.
Don't Assign Textbooks That Students Aren't Required to Read
Find Lower Cost Alternatives
Is there a cheaper textbook with comparable content? Can you replace a textbook with scholarly articles and other sources that students can access online or through the Library? Subject librarians have expertise and can assist with locating alternative sources and compiling reading materials.