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Renting Textbooks: Home

This guide shares a number of alternatives to purchasing textbooks

SlugBooks and other Rental Companies

Textbook Shopping Made Easy

By compiling prices on textbooks into one, convenient spot, SlugBooks claims that they provide students with the cheapest prices available - even if those prices happen to be at the university bookstore.  You can  search by ISBN or search by title. They compare textbook prices between the largest and most trustworthy online new, used, rental and digital textbook sellers, including Amazon and Chegg.

Chegg: is a textbook rental service that offers more than 4.2 million titles. Students can go to to order a book. When the rental term ends, students receive a reminder e-mail from Chegg, a prepaid postage label— provided by Chegg— and student drops the box off at the post office at no additional cost.  “Students who rent their textbooks from can choose to purchase their textbook at any time during the rental period.

VitalSource Books:VitalSource Bookshelf offers discounted e-textbooks. You can rent the e-textbook for a certain number of days.and also allows you to download your entire eTextbook to your device so you can study without internet access. You can also buy the e-textbook and download it on one device to keep it forever. They claim to have the world's largest catalog of digital textbooks

The City University of New York (CUNY) has a page, Textbook Savings,  that lays out many options. 




Pepperdine Bookstore

The Pepperdine Bookstore sells and rents most the textbooks for your classes.

CENAGEbrain  "A single destination for more than 35,000 new print textbooks, textbook rentals, eBooks, single eChapters, and print, digital, and audio study tools. provides the freedom to purchase a-la-carte exactly what you need, when you need it." 

Compare Reviews for Textbook Rental Companies

CONSUMERAFFAIRS has compiled a comparative list of Textbook Rental Companies.  Included in this guide is a list of  questions to ask when choosing a textbook rental company

Internet Classics Archives

Internet Classics Archive Select from a list of 441 works of classical literature by 59 different authors, including user-driven commentary and "reader's choice" Web sites. Mainly Greco-Roman works (some Chinese and Persian), all in English translation.

Inter Library Loan (ILL)

Requesting textbooks through Interlibrary Loan is NOT recommended.  Many libraries will not lend them, since most libraries keep textbooks on reserve for their own patrons. Additionally, books borrowed through ILL are for short-term use only. Loan periods usually are for three to four weeks.  Therefore, it is not possible to keep a book borrowed through ILL for an entire semester.

Head of Access Services

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Sally Bryant
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(310) 506-4262