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Before You Buy

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.

Walking Through Textbook Options

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.

Campus Resources for Textbooks

Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) Classes

Many College of the Siskiyous classes have zero textbook costs! That means that:

  • your class has no textbook
  • you have free access to online textbooks because the instructor chose an "open educational resource" (OER) textbook
  • the COS Library is able to provide a free ebook copy (simply login with your COS email and password)

Check out the current list for Winter 2022 and Spring 2022.

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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Library Reserves

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 lists (Winter 2022 ZTC Classes / Spring 2020 ZTC Classes)

Can I still use reserve books even when the Library is closed?

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).

Other ways the Library can help with textbooks

Don’t hesitate to contact the Library with your textbook questions.

  • Scanning: While copyright laws prevent us from scanning and sharing entire textbooks, we can sometimes help fill in the gaps (for example, if you ordered your textbook online and are waiting for it to arrive). Please contact us and let us know what class, book, and pages you need.
  • Yreka Students: If you would like to use a textbook on a regular basis on the Yreka Campus, please contact the Library. We will do our best to get a copy up to Yreka for you to use!

Contact the Library

College of the Siskiyous Library
800 College Avenue
Weed, CA 96094
Text/Phone: (530) 938-5331
Zoom: Drop-in Hours
Fax: (530) 938-5226