Did you know that there are many ways to save money on textbook costs? Some instructors use free online books, there are financial assistance programs, and Library options. Take a look and see if there are ways you can save before buying.
Do you need a textbook? (PDF - text-only version)
If you want personalized help navigating your textbook options, stop by a Textbook Connection "EdTALK" in the first weeks of the semester! EdTALKS are held via Zoom.
Many College of the Siskiyous classes have zero textbook costs! That means that:
Check out the current list of ZTC Classes.
If your ZTC option is a library ebook, be aware that library ebooks have some quirks. Please watch our Using Library Ebooks as Your Textbook video (4:01 min).
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College libraries traditionally have a collection of textbooks which are usually referred to as "textbook reserves" or "course reserves." The COS Library has a mix of physical textbooks, ebooks, DVDs, and other assigned materials on reserve. Our Textbook Reserves in the Library video (2:17 min.) shows you how to use the catalog to find out what print textbooks and ebooks we have on reserve. You can also access library ebooks through the Zero Textbook Cost list.
Yes! Library hours are reduced this Fall but we have partnered with the great folks in Basecamp HQ and the Academic Success Center (ASC) to provide all-day access. If you want to use a textbook when the Library is closed but Basecamp or the ASC are open, check in with those areas to request the textbook. Both Basecamp and the ASC are in the same building as the Library (Learning Resource Center / Building 2 on the Weed Campus).
Don’t hesitate to contact the Library with your textbook questions.