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Guide to Textbooks

College Bookstore

The College Bookstore has the official textbooks for K College classes. Ask about new and used textbooks for sale, options for renting textbooks, or the availability of eBooks.

At the Kalamazoo College Library

The Library has some course textbooks available on Course Reserves for short-term use.  Some instructors place copies of their books on reserves for classes. 
Use this search link to search by Professor or by Course Number:

Some things to remember:

  • Most Course Reserves can be checked out for only 2 hours at a time.  Overdue fines are $1.00 per item per hour.
  • Not all courses will have materials on reserve.
  • You cannot place a hold on reserve items.
  • There are a limited number of copies on reserve for your entire class to use.

Course materials may also be available for check out in our collections. 

From MeLCat

K College Library is part of a network of Michigan libraries that share resources.

Remember to use the barcode on your K ID to request materials from MeL.

Please keep the following restrictions in mind:

  • Textbooks borrowed from other MeL libraries can be checked out for 3 weeks.  You may renew the item unless the original library needs it back. 
  • A keyword search using author AND words from the title is usually the best way to find your books.  Be aware that there may be multiple editions and publication years... typically the newest editions are harder to get a hold of.  Ask your instructor if an older edition is acceptable.
  • MeLCat items belong to other libraries and require prompt return. Overdue materials may be subject to replacement charges of up to $100 per item and a suspension of MeLCat borrowing privileges.

Ask Other Students

K students help each other!

  • Talk to other students, especially upper-class students. Many are willing to sell or exchange textbooks. 
  • Post a question on the K Student Body Facebook page. 
  • Be cautious of online sites promising free access, some are not legal.

Kalamazoo Public Library

Your local public library has eBooks as well as a large collection of physical items. K students can get a public library card.