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LIBRARIES KNOW TEXTBOOKS COST TOO MUCH!
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.
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.
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Funded by the National Science Foundation as part of the National Science Digital Library.
British Columbia open ed effort.
California Open Online Library for Education (COOL 4 Ed)
The University of California, California State University and California Community Colleges' joint effort to provide free textbooks to students.
Math learning and resources
Directory of Open Access Books
You can search from the home page for your textbook among "12951 Academic peer-reviewed books and chapters from 282 publishers," DOAB claims.
Flat World Knowledge Digital Textbooks
Offers a catalog of over 110 digital textbooks written by "the industry's top authors" and used at more than 2,500 leading colleges and universities.
Choose the "Explore the Libraries" tab to find free textbooks in biology, business, chemistry, geosciences, humanities, mathematics, physics, social sciences and statistics.
"Lumen provides a simple, well-supported path for faculty to teach with open educational resources inside your LMS."
Manchester University Press Open Access Content
This is the new home for all of MUP's open access content. All users have free access to books and journals published under a Creative Commons Open Access license.
A nonprofit organization, OpenStax offers peer-reviewed free textbooks developed by educators.
Open Textbook Library
Faculty review and recommend textbooks for this catalog of free, peer-reviewed, and openly-licensed textbooks.
OER Commons collections of free, adaptable, openly licensed textbooks organized by discipline.
Cañada College textbooks online
English & History
Free ebooks on general topics, fiction & literature
The wikipedia of free online books, Open Library "is an open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published." Fiction, nonfiction, romance novels, guides, you name it, Open Library includes a wide range of books.
Almost 50,000 ebooks, many of them classics. If the book you need for your English, literature or history class was published more than 70 years ago, chances are you can find it here (copyright expires 70 years after publication).
Almost 3,000 books to date.