Students should never have to choose between buying textbooks and basic necessities like food or rent. The Textbook Lending Program helps students save money on course materials so they can worry less about meeting their other needs. Through the Textbook Lending Program, students can borrow textbooks for the entire academic term. 

Priority Access: 

The HSRC prioritizes access to the Textbook Lending Program during the first week of Fall, Winter and Spring terms to students with higher financial need. Students who want to check out textbooks during the first week of the term will need to show HSRC staff proof that they participate in any of the following programs. Proof can include showing staff a copy of your financial aid statement, Oregon Trail Card, or emails that indicate participation in programs outlined below. 

Priority Access Groups: 

  • Students receiving Pell grants
  • Students participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) with an Oregon Trail Card
  • Students participating in EOP, CAMP, TRIO, LSAMP, STEM Leaders 
  • Former Foster-Youth
  • Child care Subsidy Recipients (as determined from the Family Resource Center)
  • If you are not eligible for these programs but are struggling to afford textbooks, please email [email protected] 

How it works:

Use your syllabus or the OSU Beaverstore to figure out what textbooks you need. Look up the books you need on the HSRC website to make sure the HSRC might have a copy for you. Visit the HSRC in person to check out your book. Staff at Champinefu will assist you with finding and checking out your book. After the term, return your books to the Champinefu Lodge so the next student can check them out. 

All items are due back to the HSRC Friday of finals week. 

How many books can I check out? 

You'll be able to check out all the books you need for one of your classes the first day that you come to check out books. The next day, you can check out all the books you need for another of your classes if they are still available. The first few mornings of the term, it's not uncommon for the HSRC to have a line of students waiting to check out books as soon as the program opens. 

For example, here's how this works: If you come to the HSRC on Monday and the program has all three books you need for your English class, you can check them all out, but none of your math books. You can come back on Tuesday morning, however, and check out all the books you need for your math class. Wednesday, if the HSRC still has your biology book, you can check that out. 

Initially funded by a generous gift by the Women's Giving Circle, the HSRC Textbook Lending Program has over 2,000 textbooks for students to check out for free. The Textbook Lending Program also includes calculators (including graphing calculators), chemistry molecule kits, lab goggles and other essential course materials. During Fall, Winter and Spring terms, materials are available first to Priority Access students and after week 1, to the entire student body. Students need a current OSU ID to check out textbooks. 

Local Ecampus students are able to check out textbooks if they can physically come to Champinefu Lodge to do so. HSRC cannot ship course materials. 

Access Codes

Unfortunately, the HSRC has limited access codes to distribute each term. The program cannot support the high-demand for access codes. Each term, a limited number of access codes are distributed, first-come-first-serve to students as part of the Priority Access Lending period. Students in high-need situations who have exhausted their resources and cannot afford an access code should meet with the HSRC Basic Needs Navigator

Other Textbook Affordability Resources

Oregon State University has multiple resources for students who are exploring how to keep their textbook and course materials costs low. In addition to the HSRC Textbook Lending Program, students can access materials on course reserve with the Valley Library for a three-hour loan. Students can also check out electronic copies of some texts through digital course reserves. The Schedule of Classes also includes a section in each course that indicates if the class a student might take has free or affordable course materials.