Textbooks

 

There are MANY places that you will be able to purchase textbooks for your classes. The Dashew Center doesn’t recommend any particular place to buy them but we wanted to give you some resources you can look around and see which place has the best deal for you!

The UCLA Bookstore is a great place to first look for your textbooks. They should have all textbooks that you need because they receive the orders directly from the UCLA professors. The bookstore has textbooks that you can buy new or used, you can rent them or you can purchase e-books if you prefer. Click here to see the different types of books and the many ways that you can save money through the UCLA Store. To get started go to the UCLA Store website.

Also, keep in mind that the UCLA Store offers what is called “Buyback” where they will buy your books back from you at the end of the quarter. Sometimes you can get a good deal, other times you won’t get much money back, but it’s always good to at least take your books in and see how much they’ll give you – if it isn’t much then you can just keep them or try to sell them online!

An alternative option to purchasing books is to rent them from the library! Since textbooks can be very expensive more and more students are starting to turn to this approach. You can look up your books in the UCLA Library.


Undergraduate Students

Undergrads can check out books for 2-4 weeks (depending on the library) but you also have the option to renew the book multiple times and potentially keep the book for the entire quarter. However, all books are subject to recalls – meaning that you have to return the book earlier than the original due date because someone else has requested to check out the book – so taking the approach can be risky if you have to return the book when you really need it but it’s up to you if it’s worth the risk!


Graduate Students

Grad students can check out books for usually an entire academic quarter and you have the option of renewing the book if you need it longer. However, all books are subject to recalls – meaning that you have to return the book earlier than the original due date because someone else has requested to check out the book – so taking the approach can be risky if you have to return the book when you really need it but it’s up to you if it’s worth the risk!

 

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Another great way to find books through the library is through ILL, which the University of California calls “Melvyl”. When you search for a book in Melvyl you will search not only the UCLA library but also libraries worldwide! Usually you can request books from anywhere in the world and usually the books are shipped from a regional library if they are available. You can search for articles, publications, books, etc. Whether you use this resource for checking out your textbooks is up to you, but definitely don’t forget this resource when writing your papers!

Amazon.com

This tends to be the first place that most students look for textbooks. You can usually find some really good deals on books that are for sale from former students all over the U.S. You can find new books, like new books, used books, etc. – find the book that fits your budget! Follow this link to get to the Textbook section of their website.

Half.com 

This website is a part of the eBay website and it is very similar to Amazon.com. They have nearly as good of a selection so keep it in mind when looking for books – it’s always good to compare so you can get the best deal out there! You can click here to go to their Textbook section of the website.

Chegg.com

Chegg gives students the option to rent textbooks, as well as buy both new and used textbooks. They also let you sell textbooks directly to them, and they’ll pay top dollar for your books. In addition to textbook rentals and selling textbooks, Chegg now offers course reviews and grade distributions as well as homework help for all your courses. You can check out their website here.