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Barb's Library lends college textbooks for FREE

by Maggie O'Mara

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Posted on October 4, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 7:52 AM

We all know how expensive college is. We're talking tuition, room and board, books. imagine getting your books for FREE!  Now you can - thanks to "Barb's Library".

Barb Morrison is the founder of the library. She's a single mom and a college student herself. She couldn't justify paying $500 for her college text books when she had four kids to feed.

So - she began trading books with other students to get through on a budget, then she starting collecting books to lend to others, and soon people started giving their used books to her. Now she has hundreds of text books to lend out. She does it free of charge, because she just wants to help people. She carries books for students at BSU, the College of Western Idaho and for Treasure Valley Community College.

"The idea for the lending library was born out of my strong desire to never pay $500 for books again.  I just could not afford it!  I noticed that one of my close friends traded her way through school, and I thought that she was so smart for doing that.  I copied her, but on a much bigger scale.
At first, people just loaned me books to loan to other students.  Then they started giving them to me after they noticed how much it was helping their fellow students. What started as just a small cabinet of books has evolved into a program that is bursting at the seams.  Word of mouth is a powerful thing, and the students that have benefited from the program have become my biggest advocates."  
- Barb Morrison

Her library has become so popular, she now runs it out of the Book Market in the Karcher Mall in Nampa.

Watch this week's Seven's Hero story to see how Barb does it:

 You can even reserve books for your classes ahead of time.

Check out Barb's website by clicking here: