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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.

  • TEXTBOOK LENDING LIBRARY

    This free service allows you to check out textbooks for an entire term. Textbooks are available on a first-come-first-serve basis and priority is given to students with a 2.75 GPA or higher for their last term completed.

    How it Works

    • You can only check out required textbooks for classes in your degree works that you’re currently registered for
    • Visit Student Retention and College Life during the first two weeks of the term for a Textbook Lending Library referral
    • Bring the following 
      • Chemeketa student ID card
      • An electronic or hard copy of your transcripts if you are a returning student or this is your second term with a 2.75 GPA
      • An electronic or hard copy of your book list from Chemeketa’s Bookstore website
      • An electronic or hard copy of your class schedule from My Chemeketa
      • An electronic or hard copy of your degree works from My Chemeketa, found under grades and transcripts if you are a returning student or this is your second term at Chemeketa
    • Use your referral to check out textbooks for one class per day to the Library (Salem Bldg. 9, second floor)
    • Textbooks must be returned before the end of the term

    Check the Availability of Books

    Watch the Lending Library tutorial for a step by step process on how to look for the Lending Library books at the Library's website.

    Location & Hours

    Salem Bldg. 2, Rm. 176

    Monday, 8 am-5 pm
    Tuesday-Friday, 8 am-8 pm
    Saturday, 9 am-4 pm

    Contact Us

    Student Retention and College Life
    503.399.5116

  • BOOK EXCHANGE: BUY & SELL TEXTBOOKS

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

    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 and supplies 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, 8 am-5 pm
    Tuesday-Friday, 8 am-8 pm
    Saturday, 9 am-4 pm

    Contact Us

    Student Retention and College Life
    503.399.5116

  • LIBRARY RESERVE MATERIALS

    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
    503.399.5043

  • MATH LEARNING CENTER

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

    How it Works

    Textbooks

    • The Math Learning Center 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.

    MacBooks

    • The Math Learning Center 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.

    Calculators

    • 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 Learning Center
    503.399.3998

  • TUTORING CENTER

    The Tutoring Center carries graphing calculators and textbooks for the subjects they tutor, including math, writing, language and science.

    How it Works

    • Bring your Chemeketa student ID card to borrow textbooks and calculators for use while in the center
    • High demand books have a 30-minute time limit. There is no time limit for other books

    Location & Hours

    Salem Bldg. 2, Rm. 210
    Monday-Wednesday, 8 am-7 pm
    Thursday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm
    Saturday, 9 am-4 pm

    Contact Us

    Tutoring Center
    503.399.5190