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Resources to help you get the textbooks you need

Affordable Textbooks

Chemeketa offers a book exchange, textbook lending library, book rental and other resources to help you get what you need for low or no cost.

Textbooks, Calculators & Other Class Supplies

  • Chemeketa Bookstore

    The Chemeketa Bookstore is committed to helping you manage textbook costs. Visit the bookstore website and view the content under the Textbooks heading to learn more.

  • Chemeketa Press

    Chemeketa is the only community college in the nation publishing peer-reviewed textbooks with original content authored by the college’s faculty. The college launched Chemeketa Press in 2015 as a way to reduce student textbook sticker shock.

    Visit the Chemeketa Press website to learn more about their work.

    View a seven-minute documentary about the birth of Chemeketa Press.


    Summer term Lending Library

    Thank you for utilizing Chemeketa’s Lending Library.  We are dedicated to assisting you with your course material needs.  

    For Summer Term 2020, we are waiving the Lending Library requirements.  

    Processing items may take extra time due to item availability.  We cannot send items out until they have been returned from Spring Term.  We will be processing items on a first come, first serve basis.

    Requests will not be processed in person.  Instead, materials may be requested by logging in to your library account with your MyChemeketa username and password. Instructions for this process are available at  You will be able to request items from the CL, TRIO and PCY Collections.  Requested materials will be checked out to your student library account and mailed to the address you provide at the time of your request.  

    Important Information to know:

    • Lending Library Requests begin: Monday, June 8, 2020

    • Materials will be mailed to the address you provide, please include your entire address, including apt. #, city, state, and zip code

    • You may request all needed items at one time

    • You may request items with Call Numbers that begin with CL, TRIO, and PCY

    • You must be currently registered for Summer term 2020

    • If you have questions please email


    Returning Library Items

    Thank you for checking out items from the Chemeketa Community College Library.  There are multiple options for returning your items (books, dvds, calculators, CCRLS items, and Lending Library items). 

    Option 1 - Return items to the outside bookdrop (no computers/laptops)

    Outside bookdrops are available at the Salem and Yamhill Valley Campuses (YVC).

    The Salem bookdrop is located outside of building 9 near the green parking lot.  

    The YVC bookdrop is located outside the front doors of building 1.

    *Please do not place boxes over 3 inches into the bookdrop.  This can cause a jam and interfere with other items being returned.  If you believe your item will not fit into the bookdrop email to make additional arrangements.

    *To preserve the integrity of the binder and it's contents please rubber band or return in a plastic bag

    Option 2 - By Mail (no computers/laptops)

    Mail items to:

    Chemeketa Community College - Library

    PO BOX 14007

    SALEM, OR 97309

    Borrowers are responsible for proper packaging and return postage.

    Option 3 - Renew your items

    Items can be kept longer if needed for summer term, just email us at

    Exceptions - Laptops and Chromebooks

    Please DO NOT return your electronic device through the mail or the bookdrop.  Please fill out the return survey to schedule a time to return your item or if you are registered for Summer term please fill out the renewal survey to request to keep it longer.  If you have questions please contact


    Notice: The Book Exchange Program is on HOLD for summer and fall term 2020 due to COVID-19. We invite you to try to re-sell your book first to the Bookstore if you purchased your book from there, or look at online retailers to re-sell your books. 

    This free service allows you to buy and sell used textbooks.

    How it Works

    • Only textbooks being used the following term will be sold. Check Chemeketa’s Bookstore to see if your textbook can be sold
    • You set the price on the books you want to sell
    • When your items sell, you will receive an e-mail letting you know you can pick up your money
    • Money and unsold textbooks must be picked up by the end of the second week of the term. All unclaimed money and items will be donated to the Textbook Lending Library
    • To purchase books, please bring exact change in cash
    • To sell drop your books after your fall and winter finals and during school breaks. 
    • To buy come during the first and second week of winter and spring terms. 

    Location & Hours

    Salem Bldg. 2, Rm. 176

    Monday-Thursday 8-7 pm

    Friday 8-5 pm

    Saturdays 9-4 pm

    Contact Us

    Student Retention and College Life


    Your instructor might set aside course reserve materials-—like books, DVDs and articles— for you and other students to use free of charge.

    How it Works

    • Bring your Chemeketa student ID card to access your class reserve items at the Circulation Desk in the Library (Salem Bldg. 9, second floor)
    • Most books and DVDs can be checked out for in-library use only, but you are welcome to make copies of textbook pages in the Library's Print Center at $0.05 per page.
    • Your library account must be in good standing to use the reserve items. You won’t be able to use them if you 
      • Have a balance of $10 or more
      • Owe Library or Textbook Lending Library books

    Location & Hours

    Library Circulation Desk
    Salem Bldg. 9, second floor 
    Monday-Thursday, 7:30 am–8 pm
    Friday-Saturday, 9 am-4 pm

    Contact Us

    Library Reserves


    If you are enrolled in a math class at Chemeketa, the Math Hub has textbooks, MacBooks and calculators available to help you study.

    How it Works


    • The Math Hub carries 2-3 copies of each required math textbook from MTH020 to MTH112. The lab does not carry calculus or statistic textbooks.
    • Bring your Chemeketa student ID card to borrow a textbook for use while in the center. There is no time limit.


    • The Math Hub has MacBooks available if you use MyMathLab to view your textbook, do your homework or access other MyMathLab features.
    • Bring your Chemeketa student ID card and MyMathLab access code to borrow a MacBook for use while in the center. There is no time limit.


    • If you don't already own a graphing calculator, you can rent one from the Math Learning Center.
    • The rental fee is $8, with a $22 deposit ($30 total). The security deposit is refunded to your account as long as you return the calculator promptly at the end of the term.

    Location & Hours

    Salem Bldg. 3, Rm. 277
    Monday-Thursday. 9:30 am–8 pm
    Friday, 9:30 am–6:30 pm

    Summer Term Hours
    Monday-Wednesday, 9:30 am-8 pm
    Thursday from 9:30 am-3 pm

    Contact Us

    Math Hub


    The Tutoring & Study Skills Center carries graphing calculators, molecular model kits and textbooks for the subjects they tutor, including math, writing, language and science.

    How it Works

    • Bring your Chemeketa student ID card to check out one of the resources to use while in the center
    • There is no time limit to use the resources

    Location & Hours

    Salem Bldg. 2, Rm. 210 & 212
    Monday-Wednesday 8 am-8 pm
    Thursday-Friday 8 am-5 pm
    Saturday 8:30 am-4 pm

    Contact Us

    Tutoring & Study Skills Center