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Open Education Resources & Zero Cost Textbooks: Where to find free and affordable textbooks

Where to find open, free & affordable textbooks


If you transfer to a California State University campus like San José or San Francisco State Universities or CSU East Bay, go to the library and ask about Affordable Learning Solutions when you get there.

Cañada Library's offers textbooks through Course Reserves

Good news! Most textbooks used in Cañada College classes are available for checkout from the Cañada College Library.

Textbooks in the library are called "Course Reserves" because they are textbooks reserved for classes. Ask for textbooks at the Circulation Desk.

Be sure to have your Cañada College student ID or a Peninsula Library System library card. The Peninsula Library System includes the 32 public libraries in San Mateo County and the three community college libraries. 

Textbooks are checked out for short periods of time, such as two hours, one day, three days or one week. If we don't have the textbook you need, ask your instructor to place a copy on reserve at the library.

Where you might find your textbook for free

The links below lead you to collections and repositories where you might find your textbook available for free. 

Cañada College textbooks online


English & History

Free ebooks on general topics, fiction & literature