Library or Bookstore: What’s the Difference?

Book shop
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As we begin a new session, many students call us to order their textbooks. We just want to let you know that the Leatherby Libraries is not the same as the Brandman Bookstore. Here are the major differences.

The bookstore has the required books for your classes for sale. Like any store, there are multiple copies available.

In contrast, the library rarely has a single copy of a textbook that you can borrow. Instead, the library builds collections that supplement the textbooks used by our instructors.

The bookstore offers new books, used books, and digital books. You can buy or rent these books.

On the other hand, the library only lends books.

The bottom line is this. If you need to buy a textbookbook for your class, use the Brandman Bookstore. If you need to borrow a supplemental book, use the library.

If you have any questions, as always, ask a librarian! We’re here to help!


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