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Borrow Textbooks through Multicultural Student Life

by Jeanine Ortiz

Let’s face it: textbooks are expensive! Luckily, Multicultural Student Life has a program to ease the financial burden of buying books. Through the Book Loan Program, students who can’t afford tuition and textbooks have the opportunity to borrow up to two books per semester completely free! Assistant Director of Multicultural Student Life Ronni Williams coordinates the Book Loan Program and is very passionate and excited to provide textbooks to students in need.

The Book Loan program offers a large and diverse number of textbooks and books. They have textbooks from the 100 level to 400 level, with topics such as English, Sociology, Psychology, Foreign Language, Biology, Chemistry, and Math are available. Additionally, there are several study books that you can borrow to prepare you for the GRE, LSAT, and MCAT.

The Fall 2019 application opens August 21 at 8 a.m. on the dot! Use these steps to loan or donate books:

Step 1

Before applying for the Book Loan program, check if your book is available:

  1. Go to the Hodges Library website and sign into your UT Account
  2. Type “BLP” in the search bar
    1. If you know the title of your book, type it next to “BLP” and it should come up if it is available.

Step 2

If the book you need is available, fill out the quick and easy Book Loan Application on August 21 at 8 a.m.

  • You are only allowed to request two books to loan each semester and they need to be returned after finals week. If you do not return the book, a hold will be posted unto your My UTK account.
  • This application works on a first come, first serve bases so make sure you wake up early, grab your coffee, and fill out the application!
  • Once you complete your application, it will enter into the review process.

Step 3

Ronni Williams and the Academic Support Staff will review your application and send an email within three business days.

Step 4

*Three days later* the email is in your inbox!

  • If your books are available, proceed to step 5.
  • If only one of the two books you requested is available, you can request another book and see if it is available. Then move to step 5.
  • If none of your books are available, then you can request other books you may need.
    • If they don’t have those books either, you can search other platforms such as Amazon, Chegg, or the good ol’ Vol Shop.

Step 5

You can now pick up your book(s) in Room 214 at the Frieson Black Cultural Center

  • Make sure you have your Vol Card.
  • Be prepared to wait in a line with fellow students who are also picking up their books.

Step 6

You made it! The semester is over, and don’t forget to return your textbook.

  • You can return your textbooks in Room 214 at the Frieson Black Cultural Center

How can students and faculty help? Donate your books!

Freshman to senior-level books, Studies books like GRE, LSAT, MCAT, novels and more.
The Book Loan program takes donations year-round.


Questions? Contact Multicultural Student Life at 865-974-6861.

Jeanine Ortiz is a rising senior at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She is majoring in communications with an emphasis in public relations, advocacy, and persuasion. She is involved with SGA and has been appointed chief of staff for 2019-2020. She works part-time at Tidewater Community College assisting the coordinator of student leadership and development. She was a NASPA undergraduate fellow (NUFP) intern during the summer of 2019. She worked with the associate vice chancellor, Frank Cuevas, and his staff. When she graduates from her undergrad institution, she will be attending graduate school to pursue a Master’s Degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs.