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A Brief Guide to Getting Your School Books, and Keeping Your Money

More saving. More doing. That’s the power of Bwog.

We fork over a lot of cash for this institution, and then they have the audacity to ask us to pay even more for ridiculously expensive books? An outrage! And so, Bwog proudly presents some our of favorite, non-Columbia-bookstore ways of acquiring books!

  • CLIO is your friend! Sometimes they have electronic versions of textbooks available on the numerous databases that CLIO grants you access to.
  • AbeBooks is a great resource for inexpensive used books (mainly novels) that will get here in time for your next seminar. 
  • Amazon offers e-book rentals. It’s very hard to damage an e-book rental, so this is a great option for the more chaotic students among us.
  •  The New York Public Library has over 300,000 audiobooks and e-books available, so at least one of them has to be on one of your reading lists.
  • Barnard’s FLIP Library is open to students who identify as first-generation and/or low-income at Barnard, CC, SEAS, and GS. Fill out this form to start borrowing books.
  • Check with your home library, if that is an option available to you. One Bwogger’s library offered free online tutoring in a variety of subjects, which is unreal. Libraries are too good for this world. 
  • Ask around among your friends. Perhaps someone you know is selling a textbook for a class they took last semester, or they know someone who is. It really takes a village to get your readings done. 

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