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5 Ways to get your Textbooks for Free

Summer term is upon us and classes have started. There are a few things that make print books a bit problematic. Here are some tips to get around those problems and get your term started off right. Have questions or looking for a specific book? Let us know.

  1. E-books are available for some newer and some more popular titles. 
    Search the Oregon Tech library 
  2. Public libraries have a variety of options. Ebooks are a possibility, and some public libraries - including Klamath Falls and Multnomah county have a curbside pick up.
    Search the Klamath Falls Public library
    Search Clackamas county Library
    Search Multnomah county library
  3. Portions of materials may be scanned and made available for a limited amount of time.What does this mean? The library has been working with professors to scan materials that they may place in their canvas courses for part of the term. Ask your professor or the library if you would like to see this for your class.
  4. Ask your professor to go open. Open access materials are not only free, but they have copyright liscenses that allow you to access them online, in print, through canvas, or any number of other modes. Your professors can also tailor the material to the course and their specific learning objectives. See some of the professors who are using these types of resources here.
  5. Try borrowing a chapter. We can get copies of things electronically through interlibrary loan. Materials such as articles, book chapters, conference papers, etc. Due to copyright we can only get one chapter from a book though.