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Open and Affordable Resources Guide

A resource for exploring open content, electronic resources, and information on open and affordable educational resources

Welcome to the Student Resource tab!

Hi, Students! This tab is just for you. Created by a fellow Cal Poly student, this tab will be updated, so check back!

Within Kennedy Library

Kennedy Library has various resources available for FREE right within the library!

  • Tangible books: Besides finding books for your research, you can find textbooks that can be used as supplementary resources when studying. These books can be found by searching on the OATS web page, Some of these books will be located in the main collection, and others are available as reserves at the circulation desk.

  • Course Reserves: Some professors place textbooks on reserve at the library for students to access for a limited time. Thse textbooks can be borrowed from the Circulation Desk (front desk by the entrance) on a first-come, first-served basis. You can search to see if your professor has put a book on reserve here.

  • E-textbooks: Kennedy Library has some of the textbooks your professors assign and you can use them for free! Check out the quarterly textbook match list to see if yours is available.

 

University Store

The University Store has books for sale and to rent. You can compare textbook prices. They even have a buyback program!

On the Web

The internet is filled with a lot of free information. If used correctly, the Web can provide you with supplementary information about subjects you are studying, and it can help you find the best prices on the textbooks you need.

  • Videos: Check out the following video websites--they may have content that is helpful to you. 
    • Youtube. Youtube actually has a lot of instructional videos!
    •  Khan Academy. Khan Academy is a great resource for instructional videos in many disciplines. 

 

  • Comparing Textbooks: You can find the best prices on textbooks by comparing through various websites. Here are just a few ways to compare

Textbook purchasing scholarships