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Buying reading list books - should you buy them all?
Before buying books which are on your reading list you may want to do some checking and be sure chosen titles will be of value to you. Steps which can help with this are:
- If not already specified, ask the class tutor if reading is core, recommended, or supplementary. You may find that only some of the books on the reading list will be core textbooks for the class.
- Wait until classes have begun to determine which books you are being directed to most frequently.
Buying reading list books - new copies
Once you have decided which books to buy, you need to find a shop. Ordering online is the most common way people buy books, and there are many places to choose from. The list below is a selection to get you started.
It may be worthwhile checking pricing, availability and delivery times from various stores to ensure you are getting the best deal for you.
Amazon is a well known choice, and many titles can be ordered on next-day delivery.
Retailer of academic and popular books.
Books etc. stock textbooks as well as a wide range of study guides and support texts.
Foyles is another independent UK bookseller with a good range of titles available.
Great British Bookshop
GBB sells both print and electronic books, and aims to promote and support independent publishers as well as bigger names.
Hive is an online network of independent high street stores which has a section for books.
John Smith's has been linked to many University books shops, and their online site stocks a wide range of academic text books.
Waterstones also have physical stores so items can be ordered as Click and Collect when available.
A large online book shop which offers free shipping on all orders.
Buying reading list books - second hand copies
You may prefer to buy your reading list books second hand. This can have the benefit of being a cheaper option, especially for books you may only need for a short period of time. However, you should take extra care to check you are buying the correct edition and also be sure to check the book's condition prior to purchase.
It may be that previous students of your course post adverts of books they wish to sell, so this can be a good place to start. University of Strathclyde Students' Association (USSA) holds book sales from time to time, and online networking groups via social media may also provide opportunities to buy second hand copies.
There are also a range of online second hand book marketplaces available, examples of which are suggested below.
A network of independent online sellers, all of which are listed by location of the seller.
Better World Books
Better World Books resell ex-library stock from a huge number of institutions, alongside books from independent book sellers. Profit is re-invested into literacy schemes and libraries.
The global auction website can also be a good place to find second-hand texts.
Charity Oxfam run a wide network of second hand book shops, and also have an online store.
Buying readling list books - nowhere has my book in stock
Occasionally you may find that the title you need isn't listed for sale in online shops. If this is the case you may want to check the website of the publisher to see if the book is available to buy direct. If they do not have it listed for sale you should be able to find the ISBN which can help you get the title ordered by a bookstore.
Find a local book shop
You might want to buy a book from a physical store, rather than online. To find a local book shop you can try doing a map search in your chosen mapping tool. Apple, Bing, or Google should all enable you to find shops near you using the location services on your computer or mobile device.
There are also some online tools which might help you find a local book shop, and the range of shops is not limited just to those we mention on this guide.
Booksellers Book Shop Search
This service from the Booksellers Association enables you to find independent book shops either by title or location. You can also browse the map.
Oxfam Store Finder
Oxfam have multiple book shops in Glasgow and their store finder can help you locate them and check opening times.
Waterstones Shop Finder
Waterstones also have multiple stores in Glasgow and the surrounding areas. Their shop finder tool will give you locations and opening times and this can also help if you want to use the Click & Collect function on their online shop.
Depending on your course it might also be helpful to consult books which are held at other libraries. There may be restrictions on visiting other libraries depending on the time of year. Please check with staff before setting off.
Visit other libraries
We have reciprocal agreements for a number of libraries in and around Glasgow, details can be found online here.
Glasgow's public library network is extensive, and includes the Mitchell Library at Charing Cross. You may find that some books you need are available to borrow from the public libraries network.
Need more help?
If you still can't find your books, or want some additional help, then you can email us.