Another Library starts free textbook-sharing program for high-enrollment courses

George Washington University Library in downtown Washington, D.C. Libraries will launch a new textbook-sharing program this fall aiming to address the rising cost of textbooks following a push from student leaders, according to a post on the libraries’ website.

The program, called “Top Textbooks,” will make one to two copies of required textbooks available to loan to students taking “high-enrollment courses” that traditionally require expensive textbooks. More than 30 courses will be covered in the program including many that are introductory-level like Principles of Economics I, Intro to Biology and Intro to American Politics and Government.

The initiative began as a proposal from Student Association President Peak Sen Chua and will continue as a partnership with the SA, according to the post.

Chua first proposed the idea in the spring to “lighten students’ financial burden with course materials,” according to a Wednesday SA statement.

“By helping to launch the Top Textbooks Program at GW Libraries program, the Student Association remains committed to improving academic accessibility and affordability for all students,” SA leaders wrote in the statement.

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