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Got the Textbook Blues? Here are some tips!


Hi Everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, so I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying their last few weeks of summer vacation. As I compose this, the campus is a bustle with workers completing the Huether School of Business, grounds workers beautifying the quad and campus, and offices preparing for the first week of school! It’s certainly weird to look back at this summer and think of how fast it went! Pretty soon, you will all be back and campus life will flourish once again!

This past week, in an effort to be a good student, I decided to research and begin purchasing my books for the upcoming semester. For those of you who may be new to the college, you can find what books you need right on The College of Saint Rose Bookstore Website. You’ll need your course numbers and section numbers. For most of us, it will be a major shock when we see how much ONE book may cost! It’s the absolute WORST when you realize your textbooks for the semester can be over $400! During my undergrad years at Saint Rose, I’ve found some ways in which you can save some money, so you’re not depleting your bank account! Here are some suggestions:

1. Renting Textbooks: The bookstore offers a rental program which allows for you to rent your books at a reduced rate. You complete a contract and then can rent your books at a lower cost then buying new or used books. When you go online and research your books, it will indicate if you have the option to rent the book! Keep in mind, textbooks are usually the only books that can be rented. Any books that are smaller or “consumable”, may not be eligible for rental.

From: The College of Saint Rose Facebook

2. Amazon has been a life saver for textbooks and smaller books alike. Most times, you can find your books on here for a lot cheaper. If you are looking for used books, you may have the best bargain of all. Be sure to type in your book title AND EDITION correctly, and you can potentially save a lot of money. Keep in mind, you will most likely need to pay for shipping. Sometimes it balances out, sometimes it’s still cheaper. Definitely check it out!

3. Chegg is a website that sells and rents textbooks at a sometimes lower rate then the bookstore or Amazon. I’ve found some cheaper books on the website and it could definitely help you save some cash. Be sure to type in your book title AND EDITION correctly! Keep in mind, you will most likely need to pay for shipping. Check it out!

*Please Note: If you purchase books from other sources, you may not necessarily be able to return them for cash at the end of the semester at the bookstore. Be sure to read all the fine print before making any purchases or signing rental agreements.

I wish everyone the best of luck as you begin the new semester. Don’t let crazy textbook prices get you down and don’t be afraid to do some research and find some cheaper alternatives! If you have any questions about renting books, buying books, or selling books, you can also contact our campus bookstore at:,  518-454-5245, or visit their website!

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