Book rental options available at CSUB

Esteban Ramirez


Though many students have started to buy books from different places such as Amazon or Chegg, the CSU Bakersfield bookstore still offers a variety of buying and renting choices for students.

“We offer a lot of options for purchasing books,” Bookstore Manager Richard Salcedo said. “We have rentable items and about 75 percent of our books are rentable. You can save up to 50 percent off a new book if you decide to rent it.”

The CSUB bookstore is located in the back of the Student Union building and is opened Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Salcedo explained that what they give students that websites like Amazon and Chegg don’t have former CSUB students that can assist in buying the correct materials.

Salcedo added that the other option for students is to go digital and students can save up to 60 percent by doing that.

“Everything has its benefits and pros and cons,” he said. “If you are a digital worker, you are looking at being able to highlight, can do it on the go and can get to the content quickly if they need to.

“The earlier they get in the more options they have, so we tell the students to come in as soon as they can or they are going to be stuck with buying new books or waiting for books to come in.”

CSUB students are also able to buy books online by going to and clicking the bookstore link at the bottom of the page.

According to Salcedo, the prices for the books this year have been pretty steady.

“I think we have been able to manage to save our students money,” he said. “For example. We had adoptions a lot earlier than normal, which helped us retrieve old books, helped us get more rentable items, and that helped us manage the cost.”

Salcedo said that most of the staff in the bookstore used to be CSUB students, so they will assist students by informing them on what is the best way to save money when buying books.

“Students that are coming in sometimes they don’t realize ‘hey I might need this workbook’ even though the instructor may not require it but since they have taken a course like that, [the staff] can offer that or they will suggest it.”