Save money on textbooks and course materials
In partnership with the University of Minnesota Bookstores, the University Libraries provides you with a list of free U of M required books. Check the list below to see if the library already has books and materials for your course online. All books are free for U of MN - Twin Cities’ students to read online and to checkout.
Summer 2021 ebooks
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Other ways to save
Course materials in Libraries search
Search for books and other course materials in the library search tool.
Search and request books from 13 major research libraries in UBorrow. Books arrive faster than with recalls or traditional interlibrary loan, and you can keep books longer. Try to UBorrow your course books!
Library course pages
The Library Course Page in Canvas has tools and resources that help students in their research process. Instructors can work with their department's subject librarian to enhance content on the Library Course Page to maximize student success. Look for the Library Course Page link in the course navigation of your Canvas course page.
Instructors can use the Libraries Course reserves service to create course reading and materials lists. Many of the items found in course reading lists are already free through the University Libraries. Course reserves staff work with instructors to make course materials available to students in one place in an easily accessible format. Course reserves pages can also be added to Canvas.
Content acquisition and discovery of existing resources
We help instructors find customized course content and materials already purchased through the University Libraries. The Libraries has access to thousands of full-text databases, journals, and e-books that can easily be added to your course environment. Use library content to save students money.
Contact your department's subject librarian or course reserves staff to get started.
Textbook costs create a financial burden on college students that impacts their academic success. The rising costs of commercial textbooks have continued to outstrip inflation, adversely affecting access to higher education and student learning as students forgo buying textbooks altogether.
Open textbooks lessen the burden of textbook costs. Open textbooks are full, real textbooks that are licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed. A growing number of quality open textbooks are available for faculty to choose from.
The University Libraries publishes open textbooks through Publishing Services. Projects such as Open Textbook Library provide access to free, peer-reviewed textbooks covering a wide variety of subjects.
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