Answered By: Sarah Morehouse
Last Updated: Jan 04, 2017     Views: 42

The library doesn't carry textbooks for courses, mainly because the textbook publishers don't make them available as multi-user e-books that libraries can get a license for. 

All textbooks and course packs assigned in your courses are made available through the Empire State College bookstore. They can be reached at 800-847-3000 ext. 2365 or More on that further down...

Course packs can only be obtained from the college bookstore. Textbooks can often be obtained from online book sellers, sometimes at a lower price. However please keep in mind that you need to get the edition that was assigned because page numbers, chapters, and supplemental materials often change drastically between editions. 

Graduate students do have access to Interlibrary Loan services, however we strongly advise against trying to use Interlibrary Loan for textbooks because the loan period is only 30 days. (That is not something we set; we have asked for a longer loan period and the lenders do not want to extend it because they have their own students to look out for.) 

The college, the SUNY system, and the state government are very aware of the burden that high textbook costs places on students and are working together to look into multiple options to solve the problem. It's safe to say at this point that it will take time and it will take a patchwork of partial solutions to make a real difference. If your textbooks are too expensive for you to afford, inform your course instructor or mentor right away. Please be kind - the person you talk to may not be the one who chose the textbook, or may not have had more affordable alternatives to choose from. But it is important for them to know the difficulties you are working under.

Step by step for getting your textbooks through the bookstore 

Here's the link to the part of the bookstore where you buy your books:

You will need to know your course and section numbers!

If you scroll down the page, there is a drop-down menu for you to select a term and status (undergrad, grad, nursing, etc.)

Then it will have you select a department.

Then it will have you select a course.

Then it will ask you to select a section.

Do this until you have all your courses.

Then click the Get Your Books button. That gives you your shopping list.

You can go through and buy all your books and materials from the bookstore by deselecting any of the items on the list you don't want, and then clicking the Add Selected Books To Cart button. That takes you to your shopping cart and then you can save your cart or check out and pay.

Or you can get the ISBNs to seek those books elsewhere, but you'll need to make sure that you have the exact right edition and it comes with all the supplementary materials.

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