Help! I can’t afford my textbooks!

Posted on: January 11, 2022

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Students, if you’re feeling worried about how to pay for textbooks this semester, you’re not alone!

JMU Libraries offers several options to help students find affordable textbooks. We’ve created the list below with the ways we can help and additional ideas to try if we don’t have what you need.

Lower the barriers to education. For those who can’t afford expensive textbooks, we’re working with faculty to find cost-free, open course materials for their classes when possible and to reserve materials in the library for specific courses through our Course Reserves program.

Let your voice be heard. If you have ideas for additional ways we can support JMU students, join our Student Advisory Board or send us an email at libraries@jmu.edu.

Learn more. Meet our champion for open, affordable textbooks or visit our Open Educational Resources page to learn more about why we are engaged with this work and what support is available for faculty who want to make their course materials more affordable for students.

Faculty, partner with us. Apply by February 23, 2022, for grants of $2,000-$30,000 from VIVA to redesign your course using open course materials. Contact your liaison librarian for help finding a specific resource or contact Liz Thompson at thomp3ea@jmu.edu with questions about open educational resources.

Tips to Get You Started

Help! I can’t afford my books!

Not everyone can afford expensive learning materials! Here are a few things you can do:

Check JMU Libraries

Ask your professor…

  • if an older, less expensive edition is similar enough
  • to check with JMU Libraries about putting a copy on Course Reserves or buying a copy for Course Reserves
  • to check with JMU’s Open Education Librarian about free and affordable course material alternatives

Get creative

Advocate for yourself

  • tell your professor, advisor, SGA, department head, and JMU administrators. They need to know this is a problem.

 

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