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Affordable Textbook Program: General Info

What is the Affordable Textbook Program?

The Michigan State University (MSU) Libraries recognize that the high cost of textbooks is a burden on students and we want to help! The Affordable Textbook Program is intended to help alleviate the high costs that MSU students face when paying for their textbooks and to ensure students have access to their textbooks so they can succeed in class. As part of this program, the MSU Libraries have purchased multiple copies of textbooks for some MSU courses with high undergraduate enrollments and/or high cost textbooks. These textbooks are placed on Course Reserves in Main Library or the Business Library. Check the Textbooks/Participating Courses section of this guide to see which courses/textbooks are included in this program. You can also search by course, professor, or textbook search boxes to see if any of your courses/textbooks are on Reserve. 

For some courses included in the program, there may be additional required texts that have not been purchased as part of the program. Also, some of these books are accompanied by an online access code for supplemental online materials. The MSU Libraries do not have these codes. Check with your professor to make sure that you have access to all of the books and other materials you'll need for class. 

Summer 2020 Textbooks/Participating Courses

COVID19 Info: The Main and Business Library Course Reserves are currently closed due to COVID19. The MSU Libraries continues to monitor United States academic library copyright policies as they change week to week because of the pandemic. We balance our interpretation of the law with making content available to students when possible. At this time, the Libraries will no longer be digitizing entire textbooks, although we may digitize portions of textbooks and consider the digitization of non-textbooks on a case by case basis.  Unfortunately, libraries are usually restricted from purchasing electronic versions of textbooks, but please contact Heidi Schroeder ( if you're interested in determining if there's an electronic version for textbooks in the courses below.

There are additional courses/faculty that place textbooks and course materials on the MSU Libraries' Course Reserves. The below list includes just those courses included as part of the Textbook Affordability Program, which focuses on high-enrollment courses and/or expensive textbooks and is funded by the Libraries. If you don't see your course below, you'll still want to search Course Reserves at the MSU Libraries or using the Course Reserves search boxes on this guide.


ACC 321, Section 001 (Business Library)

BMB 401, All Sections (Main Library)

CEM 143 (Main Library)

CEP 261 (Main Library)

CJ 110, Section 730 (Main Library)

CSE 231, All Sections (Main Library)

CSE 260 (Main Library)

EC 201 (Main Library)

EC 302 (Main Library)

ESHP 190 (Main Library)

FI 311, (Business Library)

GBL 323, All Sections (Business Library)

GBL 385, All Sections (Business Library)

HNF 150, All Sections (Main Library)

KIN 330, All Sections (Main Library)

MMG 301 (Main Library)

MTH 124, All Sections (Main Library)

MTH 132, All Sections (Main Library)

MTH 133, All Sections (Main Library)

PHY 231 & 231C, All Sections (Main Library_

PHY 232 & 232C, Sections 001-002, 730

PLS 201, Section 730 (Main Library)

PLS 310 (Main Library)

PSY 101, (Main Library)

STT 351, Sections 001-003 (Main Library)

Checking Out Textbooks

Textbooks in this program are available through the MSU Libraries' Course Reserves in the Main Library and Business Library. This means:

  • books/materials can be checked out, but they have to be used INSIDE of the library.
  • the check-out period is 2-hours in most cases, but you can check them out again and again as long as no one else in your course is waiting for a copy.
  • If you return a book late/beyond the check-out period, you will be fined. See the Course Reserves FAQ.
  • You'll need your MSU ID (or a photo ID) to check them out.
  • If you lose or damage a textbook, you will be charged to replace it.

Search for Course Reserves by Course Name

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Search by Textbook Title

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Search for Course Reserves by Instructor

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Student Testimonials

We want to hear from students about this program! If this program has helped you, you're excited about the Libraries having more textbooks, or have other feedback for us, please fill out the fields below or email:


This content and design of this guide is heavily borrowed from the University of Iowa Libraries' Textbook Affordability Pilot LibGuide. Thanks to Mahrya Burnett from the University of Iowa Libraries for granting us permission.

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