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Month: January 2019

Find Textbooks and Other Course Materials

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Matty at LibraryWelcome to the Spring semester!

Hi Matadors! It’s the beginning of a new semester, and if you have not yet located all of your required readings and textbooks, fear not, we at the Oviatt Library are here to help.

Several resources can help you find textbooks. Feel free to start your searching at the Oviatt Library. One of the great things about the Library is that all of our resources are free to use. There are several ways you can look for books at the Oviatt Library.

Looking for books in the Library

  • Course Reserves are course materials and/or textbooks that have been set aside for your course to be checked out 2 or 4 hours at a time. Search Course Reserves from the library’s homepage. Check out the video below to learn more.
  • Current or older editions of textbooks can sometimes be found searching the Library’s OneSearch tool.


In addition to searching at the Library, the Matador bookstore may have your required texts, including used books, electronic and print versions of books, and a rental program for those items you’d rather borrow than purchase. Also, there are several online resources for comparing textbooks prices and renting your books. Check out the list below to learn more about finding your textbooks.

Purchase your textbooks

  • You can always check out the Matador Bookstore for all your textbooks.
  • DealOz compares prices against various booksellers, including Amazon, half.com, abe books, and more! This is not just for textbooks, you can search for any book.
  • ValoreBooks  is specifically for textbooks, including new, used, rentals, and alternative editions.
  • Did you know that you can buy international versions of textbooks at a discounted prices? As you search online you’ll noticed them labeled as “international” or “alternative” most of the time they are identical, sometimes paperback instead of hardcover and the ISBN might be different.

Rent, buy or sell your textbooks

Good luck this semester! Feel free to stop by the Library for help if you have any textbook or research-related questions.