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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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Posted: Monday, March 30, 2020

Tell Students: Textbook Rentals and Digital Books

Students are asking how to access texts they may still need and about the process for returning books they rented this semester. Students should be in no rush to return their rented books at this time. Book rentals are not due for return until May 14. The Barnes & Noble at Buffalo State Bookstore has a program in place that allows students to ship books back to the bookstore using a prepaid UPS label. Information on this will be forthcoming in their end-of-semester reminder e-mails and on the bookstore website.

With regard to needed textbooks, many of the major publishers and university presses have worked with Vital Source to provide students with free digital textbooks. 

Students can access this program at

Students who meet the following criteria are eligible to access free e-books as part of VitalSource Helps:

1. Attend a two-year or four-year institution on a semester academic calendar (Buffalo State College qualifies)
2. Be enrolled in a course or courses that began before March 16, 2020
3. Use an institution-provided e-mail address

Before they can begin searching for and reading e-books, students must create a Bookshelf account with their institution-provided e-mail address and log in each time they use the account.

Please e-mail bookstore manager Lynn Puma with questions.

Submitted by: Lynn M Puma
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