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Program for Affordable Learning Materials (PALM): Student Resources

FIND Textbooks at a Lower cost

The traditional print book has become costly, why not try an alternative?

  Find your textbooks at the University Bookstore

 Check the Library. You can use our Library Catalog to see if items are on-campus, or at other CSUs and Local Libraries.

  Request a Textbook through The Program for Affordable Learning Materials (PALM) at Cal State LA's University Library.

            For more information check out the box to the right.        

 Check out our list of e-Textbooks & eBooksThis includes information about eReaders and Devices, and how to find free ebooks! 

  ASI has Book Voucher Program, which offers $200 for textbooks. See site for details.
       (Extra Tip: They offer FREE Blue Books and Scantrons)

  Rent textbooks at a fraction of the cost. The CSU Rent Digital Program is partnered with a number of  publishers that offer eBooks 60% or more off the hard copy publisher editon's price. To see if your courses have rent titles, visit the University Bookstore, or the CSU Rent Digital Program website.

   Comparison shop before making your purchase.

  • University Bookstore: Check out our Barnes & Noble College Bookstore. Also, make sure to check out their Sell Back Textbook Program
  • SlugBooks: Comparison tool of multiple vendors for purchasing and renting textbooks. Vendors include Amazon, Half.com and Chegg
  • AbeBooks: Online marketplace for books. Millions of new, used, rare, and out-of print books sold from from thousands of booksellers around the world
  • Packback: This site offers textbook rentals, including eBook rentals for as low as $3 a day
  • PickTextbook: Compares the difference between two editions of the same book. This site contains information about popular textbook titles
  • Craigslist: Check to see if any local students are selling their textbooks on Craigslist
  • eBay: Search nationwide for available textbooks        

  Remember: Search early for your textbooks! Give yourself time to evaluate your options.                       

Free Learning Resources!

Academic Earth offers free online lectures from universities such as Berkeley, UCLA, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford and Yale

Khan Academy offers thousands of video tutorials on subjects such as mathematics, history, finance, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, and economics

lynda.com is a video library of tutorials on various topics, including Photoshop, Accounting and Moodle. (Free for CSULA students)

MERLOTx is a site designed by the CSU that highlights free resources for CSU students

Mendeley helps you organize, store, share and find other academics in your discipline

Open Courseware Consortium has free and open digital publication of high quality educational materials, organized as courses

Quizlet offers study tools. You can create flashcards, games, and access to collaborative learning around the world

World Digital Library offers access to pprimary materials from countries and cultures around the world

For more Check out our LibGuides to find campus resources on specific subjects

Open Images & Videos

Need Access to Images? These links offer Open Image Sharing

(Before using any image, song, video, and/or text please make sure you understand the Copyright & Fair Use Terms)

ARTSTOR offers free  publication-quality images for use in scholarly publications

Flickr: Creative Common Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license, and you can browse or search through content under each type of license

Getty Open Content Images offers , without charge, all available digital images to which the Getty holds the rights or that are in the public domain to be used for any purpose. No permission is required

NYPL Digital Gallery has over 800,000 digitized from the New York Public Library's collection.

Shared Commons in an open-access database of image collections shared by institutional users of Shared Shelf.

Wellcome Images access to the visual collections of the Wellcome Library, with a focus on biomedical imagery. Most images are open access, with others available for paid licensing.

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Request a Textbook Through PALM

If a textbook you need is currently unavailable in the Library's Course Reserves collection, please fill out the form below and we will do our best to purchase a copy for 2 hour in-library use. The Program for Affordable Learning Materials (PALM) at Cal State LA's University Library is committed to making textbooks affordable and accessible to students any way it can.

eTextbooks, eReaders and Tablets!

Learn more about eBooks and eReaders on Cal State LA's LibGuide on eBooks.

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