On How to Get Away With Never Paying For Books.

The beginning of the semester means that professors expect us to spend an arm and a leg on books. As an English major,  I can testify to the outlandish amount of books that some students are expected to purchase. Prices can  range from under $10 (rentals) to $100, and let's not forgot those expensive textbook codes that are only a piece of paper. By my second year, I had suffered enough. I decided to fully investigate ways to get around going to the bookstore and allowing them to scam me of my money. 

Let's get into it! 

1. PDFs: My first search is to see if the book, article or chapter is online in PDF form. This is probably the most convenient format because it can be read online, downloaded to your computer and is (most importantly) FREE. This is, however, the most unlikely format so I wouldn't get too attached. 

2. University Libraries: This, my friends, is truly the secret. My school has 12 libraries and over 5 million books. They are all fully staffed and taken care of by my tuition. The least I can do is borrow a book or two. A quick search can tell you where to find the book as well as if there is an electronic copy that you can access online. Once you have the book, use it until the due date or renew it if you need it for an extended amount of time. 

3. Interlibrary Loan: If your school's library does not have what you're looking for, you can also look if your institution has an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) program. An ILL gives you the chance to borrow materials from another partner library. The book will be delivered to the library on your campus and you can pick it up. The renewing process should be the same, although the library you get it from regulates whether or not it can be renewed. 

If none of these plans work, my next step would be to shop online. Check the prices at your bookstore and see if you can find better options at sites like Amazon or Chegg. Shipping may take longer but most professors understand that 

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