Falvey Memorial Library

Affordable Materials Project - Students

Ways to Save Money on Textbooks

Tips for Faculty How to help, picking the right book, cross-campus contacts

Check Book Reserves

Professors can put physical and electronic copies of textbooks on reserve in the library. You can't leave the library with them, but you can check them out for a few hours free of charge.

See if your book is on print reserves by visiting the front desk at the Library.

Check Blackboard to see if your professor has arranged for electronic reserves.

Search the Library's collection

Falvey Library has identified ebooks and physical books that match current or previous editions of required course textbooks. Search below to see if yours is available.

Many optional readings are included in our general collection.

Borrow From Another Library

E-Z Borrow. Request books from other academic libraries in the tri-State area delivered to Falvey in as little as 4-5 days.

ILLiad - Interlibrary Loan. Request articles, books and book chapters from other libraries delivered electronically or to Falvey.

Find deals at the Villanova Bookstore

Textbook rental program. It is often cheaper to rent books than buy books. Textbook Rental is flexible and makes it easy to rent with multiple forms of payment, such as cash, credit/debit, Wildcard or financial aid. It provides course material choices like used, new, or digital. If you decide to keep a rented textbook, you can buy it anytime during the rental term with no penalty.

Price Matching Program. The bookstore matches the costs of textbooks and textbook rentals, in-store only, from Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Wildcard Discount. Using your Wildcard to purchase textbooks a the store or online will give you a 5% discount. You can add money to yout Wildcard account by calling the Wildcard office or accessing your account through MyNova.

Other Ways to Save Money

Electronic Editions. Electronic textbook (E-books) are generally cheaper than print editions.

Older Editions. Ask your professor if you can use an older edition, which are typically cheaper than the newest edition.