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A quick guide to options for getting textbooks at WOU.
Last Updated: Jan 31, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Course Reserves


  • Only selected textbooks are available on reserve. 
  • To check out a print copy of a textbook, write down the call number and take it to the Checkout Desk
Loan periods
  • Most books: 2 hours in-library use only
  • Most videos: 4 hours in-library use only

Borrow textbooks from the library


  • Search by ISBN number for the quickest results
  • If the book you need isn't available at WOU, click the Search Summit button near the top of the screen 
  • Availability is limited, so search early in the term
  • Borrowing works best for "regular" books used for a class or books you won't use heavily throughout the entire term
Loan periods
  • WOU books: 3 weeks + 2 renewals
  • Summit books: 6 weeks
  • WorldCat books: varies (2 weeks on average)


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WOU-specific information

  • WOU Bookstore
    The Bookstore website allows you to look up required textbooks by class and place orders. You can also learn about local textbook rental and buyback programs.
  • Case study: BA 211/213
    Examines textbook purchase options and provides recommendations for students taking BA 211 and BA 213 - Financial and Managerial Accounting at WOU.


Have you used any of these services? Share what you know! Please rate them here based on your experience. 

  • Bookbyte
    Buy and sell textbooks. Offers a "guaranteed buyback" program that is similar to rental. Located in Salem, OR, and has walk-in hours, so you can pick up books in person if you wish.
  • SwoopThat
    Buy, rent or sell textbooks. Quickly scans multiple online sources and makes a recommendation based on price.
    Allows you to search across multiple sites to compare prices for renting, buying and selling.
  • Chegg
    Buy, rent or sell textbooks.
  • Book Renter
    Buy, rent or sell textbooks.
    Buy, rent or sell textbooks.
  • College Book Renter
    Buy, rent or sell textbooks.
    Buy, rent or sell textbooks.
    Rentals only, choose from three set rental periods or choose your own.
  • CourseSmart
    E-books only. Normal rental period is 180 days. Free trials available. Free apps for iPad, iPhone and Android devices.
  • Kno
    Sells digital editions of many textbooks that can be used on a personal computer or iPad.

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