Book It Forward Lending Library (Students Receiving Financial Aid)
Donate a book
The Book It Forward Lending Library through FIRST accepts donated books at any time during the year. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org about donating. You are also welcome to donate books to the bookstore at the end of the semester, or to boxes in select residential halls on campus at the end of the academic year.
Access a book
Students with a Family Contribution of $10,000 and below may access books at any time during the semester. Those with a higher Family Contribution may only access books after the add period.
Please note that our library is made up of donated used books and does not contain any access codes. Our list of books can be found here.
We also encourage students to view textbooks on reserve, consider interlibrary loans, or explore external sites such as AbeBooks.com, Chegg.com, SlugBooks.com, eCampus.com, and eBooks.com. Students should take advantage of the Tufts Bookstore price matching policy if they find better prices on these sites to avoid paying for shipping charges.
Request a Book from the Book It Forward Lending Library
- If you wish to request a book from our list, you must complete our Book Request Form. (Note: The request form will be closed until the start of the Spring 2023 semester.)
- Please no in person or phone requests.
- Please submit one form for each book. Please do not request multiple books in one submission.
- Please do not submit any duplicate requests, as they prolong processing time.
- Please do not request a book or an edition that is not on the list. If it is not on the list, then we do not have a copy.
- Requests will be processed in the order in which they were received.
- You will receive a follow-up email confirming the availability of the book and if it is ready for you to pick up at 20 Professors Row during specified hours.
- Books that are not picked up in a timely manner will be made available to other students.
- Checked-out books are expected to be returned by the end of the semester, or sooner if not being used.
- Students with overdue books may not access the Lending Library or any other financial resources through our office until the overdue books have been returned.
Access Codes (Students with Family Contributions $10,000 and below)
Students should refer to their course syllabus or connect with their course instructor to check if access code support is being provided to low-income students. If support is being provided, the department is responsible for acquiring the access codes.
- It is your responsibility to plan for required textbook expenses. Please consider creative solutions to make sure that you have all required materials for your courses.
- The FIRST Resource Center assists a small number of departments with distributing the access codes that are provided to us only. Otherwise, the FIRST Center does not have any additional access codes.
- Since textbooks and access codes are factored into a student’s financial aid package, the FIRST Resource Center is unable to offer financial assistance to help cover these costs.
- Students should not contact the Financial Aid office to inquire about access codes. Financial Aid does not provide access code support.
Students may refer to the following potential resources for support:
- Textbooks on reserve
- Interlibrary loans
- Connecting with your faculty member to see if they can offer support
- Purchasing a used book through online class pages, the Tufts Bookstore, or other websites such as Abebooks.com, Chegg.com, Slugbooks.com, eCampus.com, ebooks.com, or Amazon.com
- Students should take advantage of the Tufts Bookstore price matching policy if they find better prices on these sites to avoid paying for shipping charges.
- Consider connecting with your Financial Aid Counselor to explore possible funding options such as borrowing a loan, if applicable.
Supply Pantry (Students Receiving Financial Aid)
Students looking for basic school supplies can connect with us at email@example.com.
- One-subject notebooks
- Loose-leaf paper
Laptop Loan Program (All Tufts Students)
Students may start Tufts without a laptop or find during their time at Tufts that they are in need of a laptop. The Tisch Library is a great resource for this time and many other goods including other technology and even bikes. However, students who feel they need a laptop for a longer period of time (up to one semester) may check out a laptop with our office. To request a laptop or to be added to the waitlist, please review our laptop loan agreement and submit the requested information, and we will email you to follow up.
Laptops currently available
Lenovo ThinkPad: 1
MacBook Air: 0
Study Abroad (Students with Family Contributions $10,000 and below)
Students who study abroad with a Tufts Abroad Program will be charged normal Tufts tuition and a “comprehensive fee” equivalent to full Tufts on-campus room and board. Students on financial aid will receive their normal aid award. Some of our Tufts programs include a round-trip flight to the program destination. For the programs that do not include flights in the cost of the program, students with a family contribution of $10,000 or less will receive a $1,500 stipend to assist with flights, visas, and other travel-related expenses. (International students on financial aid can contact their financial aid counselor to determine eligibility for the stipend.)
Language Evaluation Service (Students with Family Contributions $10,000 and below)
Students who wish to be evaluated in a language not taught at Tufts are able to opt into our external evaluation process. There is a fee of $175 for this evaluation. Students are expected to pay this fee to the evaluation company directly; however, students receiving significant financial aid will have this fee waived.
More information about language proficiency is available via SIS.
Please note: The Financial Resources outlined above are available to undergraduate students only.