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A resource to help students explore their options when finding, renting, and buying textbooks.

About this Guide

The purpose of this guide is to provide students with multiple ways to find, purchase, rent, and use textbooks.

Online Retailers This tab gives a variety of retailers where up-to-date textbooks can be bought or rented. There are also resources to compare textbook prices between stores to ensure you get the best deal.

Libraries/eBooks Sometimes, materials for a course are available through the library! This tab explores ways to find print books in the library catalog and/or through PALNI.

Other Free Resources This tab provides some resources to access open source or out-of-copyright materials for review. 

Great Articles with Tips for Finding Textbooks

If you’re a college student starting a new academic year, you’re likely reeling in shock from the amount of money you’re being asked to spend on textbooks. The price tags on those books can be astonishing — and they’re always climbing. The U.S. Government Accountability Office reports that college textbook prices have increased at twice the rate of inflation.Is there any way to avoid this crippling expense? Actually, there are several. The following tips can give you some ideas for beating the system this semester.

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The first week of college always sounds fun and relaxing, until you look through all of your syllabi and realize how many textbooks you have to buy. The biggest surprise? One textbook might end up costing you $200! I had no idea how to go about buying textbooks my first semester in college, and ended up dropping several hundred dollars at the campus bookstore. After three more semesters of research and crying over textbooks I never even opened, I’ve finally figured out how to keep those prices down and navigate all of the options out there, and I wanted to share some tips with y’all and hopefully save you some money!

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This post is brought to you by CJ Affiliate's VIP Content Service. Thank you Barnes and Noble for sponsoring this post. While this was a sponsored opportunity from Barnes and Noble, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. If you've never purchased a college textbook it's likely your jaw will drop when you first see the price.

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Find your textbooks using the Butler Bookstore

Every semester, faculty members provide the Butler Bookstore with a list of required materials for their course.

 Click on the image below to search for the materials list for each course.

Questions? Contact us!

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Call: 317-940-9227
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Or stop by Irwin Library: we are located at the Information Commons desk on the first floor and in the Center for Academic Technology offices on the third floor.


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Science Library: 317-940-9937

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