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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 2022 Participating Courses

Given the ongoing pandemic, some Affordable Textbook Program titles will be available electronically to loan digitally. Digital loans will have the same checkout period as print reserve items (2 hours) - links to electronic copies will expire at the end of this loan period. Unfortunately, libraries are usually restricted from purchasing electronic versions of textbooks, but please contact Heidi Schroeder ( and Alex Seddon ( if you're interested in determining if there's an electronic version for textbooks in the courses below. All Affordable Textbook Program titles that are available in print may be checked out at the MSU Main Library Circulation desk or at the Business Library.

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.

Note: During the first week of the semester, this list is subject to change.

BMB 401, sections 730, 733

CEM 143, sections 201, 202

CEM 251, all sections

CEP 261, sections 730-735

CJ 110, section 730

COM 225, sections 730, 731

CSE 231, section 730

CSE 260, section 730

FI 312, section 101

GBL 323, section 201

HNF 150, sections 730-731

KIN 330, sections 730-731

MMG 301, sections 101, 730-732

MTH 124, all sections

MTH 132, all sections

MTH 133, all sections

MTH 234, all sections

PHY 231C, sections 730, 731

PHY 232C, sections 730, 731

PLS 201, section 201

PSL 310, section 730

PSY 280, section 730

SCM 303, section 730

SCM 304, section 730

SCM 372, section 101

SOC 100, section 730

STT 201, section 730

Checking Out Textbooks

Print textbooks in this program are available through the MSU Libraries' Course Reserves in the Main 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.

Some Affordable Textbook Program titles will be available electronically to loan digitally. Digital loans will have the same checkout period as print reserve items (2 hours) - links to electronic copies will expire at the end of this loan period.

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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