Answered By: Ask-a-Librarian
Last Updated: Aug 09, 2017     Views: 504

MCPL buys very few textbooks for its collection, although we may have a few. 

We can request books on interlibrary loan from other libraries, but generally this is not a good way to get a current textbook required for a course.  Often libraries don't buy them, and interlibrary loans take too long to arrive or have loan periods that are too brief for students to use ILL books for classwork.  If you are studying independently rather than taking a class, MCPL's Interlibrary Loan service might work for you. 

Montgomery College libraries have a few textbooks, and they lend materials to county residents, but -- again -- this is not ideal for a semester-long class.

Often you can buy used textbooks from your school's bookstore or from various online booksellers.  You can also rent textbooks or e-textbooks through Chegg, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Direct Textbook, Google Play, and many others.

Finally, MCPL subscribes to the online service Testing and Education Resource Center, which has study materials for a variety of careers as well as for all kinds of standardized examinations.