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LIBRARY GUIDE TO Textbooks* at OU and beyond

Renting textbooks
Selected textbook rental websites

Buying textbooks
Selected online new and used textbook stores


Digital textbooks

You can  read Kindle e-textbooks on your PC or on mobile devices.

Bryte Wave
Buy a digital copy of your textbook, take notes, highlight, share....

Vital Source 
Another website for purchasing or renting digital textbooks on your desktop, online or your smart phone.  Allows note-taking, highlighting, etc.  Has books from popular textbook publishers like Elsevier.
Search and comparison tools
To search for specific books across online stores
and find the cheapest prices


(also shows the highest cash paying buyback for textbooks that students want to sell)

At Oakland University
OU Barnes and Noble Bookstore:

Kresge Library:
Course reserve: search for books for your course.

To identify the right edition of the textbook,  have ready the following information:  title, name of the lead author/editor, and the ISBN number (or alternatively, the publisher and date of publication).
Free textbooks
Open Textbook Library
quality textbooks for free, selected by faculty.


MERLOT open textbooks

Open Textbook Library

Orange Grove Texts Plus

Open Educational Resources Commons textbooks
helps find open textbooks online.

Open Textbooks from the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources
list of free, open textbooks. Also freely viewable copyrighted textbooks.

Textbook Revolution
"a student-run site dedicated to increasing the use of free educational materials by teachers and professors...On this site you'll find links and reviews of textbooks and select educational resources."

O'Reilly Open Books Project
computer and technology related books from the publisher.
* Disclaimer
This page is designed to provide information about available sources for textbooks. Content and usability of those sources has not been evaluated. Viewers are responsible for selecting and using these sources appropriately.


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