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Textbook Affordability Information - For Students

What Can You Do?


Visit the AACC Bookstore to obtain the most current, accurate textbook information. We begin posting titles at least six weeks before each major term. Our information comes directly from your faculty, so you can be sure it's correct.

Shopping early gives you the opportunity to search the open marketplace, including the AACC Bookstore, for the best price and availability of new and used textbooks.


We offer a comprehensive price match guarantee. For full details, please visit the Price Match Guarantee page.


The AACC Bookstore is one source for textbooks (we admit, it's our favorite!), but you can also buy textbooks from other students, online new and used book retailers, publishers and commercial retail bookstores. Here are some points to remember while shopping...

  • Make sure to verify the ISBN in addition to the title, author, edition and publication date. The ISBN is the key identifier of a title, and is the best information to use when searching the open marketplace for your textbooks. We list ISBNs on our site. If you have trouble finding the ISBN, ask our bookstore staff or your instructor.

  • Buy used when possible. Used books typically save you at least 25% off the cost of a new textbook.

  • Check "Books for Sale" postings on campus bulletin boards. Remember, there are no refunds when making a peer-to-peer purchase, so VERIFY THE ISBN!

  • If buying from an online bookseller, shop with a reputable source. You can definitely find bargains online, but be sure to factor in shipping costs and shipping time. Be careful of instructor or international editions. They are often available in the marketplace at rock bottom prices, but you won't be able to sell them back to reputable buyers and you might not be able to use the text in class.

  • Find out in advance what happens if you drop the course or decide you don't want or need the book - can you get your money back, and will it cost you anything extra to do so? We offer a very flexible return policy, allowing you to return your textbooks up to three weeks after the start of classes if you have your receipt and your texts are in their original condition.

  • Buy access to digital versions of textbooks, also known as e-Texts. e-Texts are less expensive than hard copies, and often come with the ability to search content by keyword/phrase, add comments, create bookmarks, and in some cases even come with free access to additional online materials. Be cautious, though. Most eTexts are rentals, not purchases. Your access will expire after a period of time unless you pay specifically for perpetual access. There is no resale value.

  • Bundles can be bargains, BUT... you may find that your textbook is "bundled" in a shrink-wrapped package with other learning materials such as a study guide, software, or a pass code. If you have a choice between buying a textbook by itself or in a package, be sure you will need all of the materials in the package. While these extra learning materials can be of great value, they are often non-returnable once opened. If you have questions about buying a bundle, get input from your instructor or your bookstore staff. It's also important to compare prices between the bundled and unbundled versions of the materials. It's often cheaper to buy a new bundle than to buy a used text and a separate access code.


  • If you have access to an older edition of the textbook, check with your instructor to see if you can use it instead of buying the most current version.

  • Check out our textbook rental program or rent from a reputable online textbook rental company. Our program offers 500 - 700 titles per semester at up to 65% off new retail, and you enjoy the convenience of renting and returning right here with no shipping fees or hassles! Other companies may have bargains too. Be sure to check policies and return deadlines before you commit. Who is responsible for the shipping each way? Will you have enough time after the final to get it back safely? If the answers all add up, great! Remember, having the right materials in your hands on time for your course is our goal, even if you don't get them from us.

  • Pool your resources with other students and try sharing a textbook. You may need to work out how to split the cost, how best to share time and decide on the disposition of the text at the end of the term but this may be a good option. An added benefit - you could turn your sharing group into a study group.

  • The Truxal Library has a limited pool of current textbooks on reserve. They must be used in the library, but if you don't need to have the book at home or with you in class this is a free resource available to you. It can also be a great way to use the book on a trial basis to see if you really want to buy a copy.

  • Free is good! Some titles, especially classics such as works by Shakespeare, may be available online for free. One source is Project Gutenberg; our E-Textbook page has a small selection as well, and there is an ever-increasing open textbook movement making quality materials available for low or no cost.


Sell back unwanted texts at the end of the term. Check with us to see if the AACC Bookstore is buying back your texts; we will pay up to 50% of the new book price. You can also check online buyback services (watch for shipping fees on some sites) or list your books through online classifieds.

As when buying books, posting your used books on "Used Books for Sale" campus bulletin boards to sell your books directly to another student is an option. There is a "Textbook Exchange" board outside of the Arnold bookstore reserved solely for student postings.