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Ask Life: Where to find cheap books?

Libraries, second-hand bookstores in Palouse offer books for cheap
Check out local libraries, used bookstores and more.

Dear Life Section,

I love to read. Like, all the time. But books are so expensive. I look at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and so many other bookstores, and everything is so expensive.

Not only that, but I prefer hardcovers over paperbacks, which are a few extra dollars more expensive. This does not help at all.

I need help finding books in the Palouse area that do not cost an arm and a leg. Where should I look?




Dear Seriously-Addicted-to-Books,

I hear you. I cannot stop reading books, but spending money on them is not always the greatest.

But, I just got a library card a couple of months ago, which has been the greatest. I check out three or four weeks at a time and have a few weeks to give them back, but it usually only takes me a few days. And, a library card is free.

There are multiple libraries on the Palouse, including Neill Public Library in Pullman, the Palouse Library in Palouse and many others.

If you are hoping to own your own books but not spend an arm and a leg on a single one, there are a few second-hand bookstores around here you can check out. 

Brused Books, for starters, sells used books for cheap, and you can even trade in your own used books for store credit.

But, if you are looking to trade your books for no cost at all, you can check out Little Free Library.

There are multiple bookshelves in neighborhoods full of books for you to take, with the recommendation that you trade a book for every book you take; but, Little Free Library uses the honor code, so if you cannot drop off a book when you pick one up, you can always drop one off later, even if it is at a different location.

If anything, you can always find friends who love books as much as you do and are willing to let you borrow their books if they seem interesting enough.

Hope this helps!


The Life Section

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  • DanOct 3, 2023 at 10:09 am

    Thanks for mentioning Neill Public Library! We’re here to serve our community and that always includes WSU students. All you need to get your library card started is a photo ID. If you have proof of your local address that’s really helfpul too. Library cards are and always will be 100% free.
    We’re open 10-7 Mon-Thurs and 10-6 Fri-Sat, downtown, at the intersection of Grand Ave and Olsen St (next to Cougar Plaza).