Frequently Asked Questions
What are Course Reserves?
Instructors often put textbooks for their classes on "Course Reserves". That allows students to borrow them. Usually, items can be used only in the library.
Can I rent my textbook?
Not all textbooks are available to rent. The Book Rentals tab has more information.
Will a used textbook work for me?
The Paper Tree Bookstore carries used textbooks, as do other sources. Make sure you use the exact ISBN number to ensure you have the right edition. The Used Books tab has more information.
Can I use a digital book?
Not all instructors allow use of digital books. The Digital Book tab has more information.
What if I'm a Running Start Student?
Running Start students must pay for their own textbooks. There is assistance available. The Running Start Textbooks tab has more information.
What if I can't afford my textbook?
GRCC's Women's Programs has a textbook lending library for students in need. Check out the Women's Programs Textbook Library tab for more information.
What about my Math textbook?
Visit the Math Learning Center. Check out the Math Textbooks tab for more information.
o The Library and the Bookstore are two separate entities! The library does not sell or rent books.
o The Library does not buy current textbooks. To buy all required textbooks would exceed our entire libray budget!
o You can find some textbooks in the library. Check Course Reserves and the Library Catalog tabs above.
Visit the tabs above to find out about alternate ways of finding your textbook if you cannot purchase it from the Bookstore, or the Library does not hold a copy.
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Some content of this guide was used with permission from Amy Herman at Olympic College Library. Many thanks for sharing their excellent work!