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Textbook lending library seeks donations to help low-income students

Emory Report | April 26, 2016

FLIP at Emory (First-Generation Low Income Partnership) is collaborating with the Office of Student Success Programs and Services to create a lending library to help subsidize textbook rentals and purchases.

The library aims to serve first-generation college students and those with low incomes by distributing textbooks and books for Emory courses for the entire semester for free. Textbook donations are being solicited from Emory’s general student body, plus faculty and staff.

Donations are being accepted Monday, April 25, through Wednesday, May 4.

Boxes will be set up in the Office of Student Success, Office of Multicultural Programming, LGBT Life, Center for Community Engagement and Leadership, Center for Women, the Dobbs University Center (DUC) Information Desk, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, and the Access, Disability Services and Resources Office.

By fall semester, FLIP plans to have the Lending Library up and running at the Office of Student Success (DUC E416), which will allow students to check out the books. Students on the FLIP Lending Library Committee and student workers in the office will manage the library.

"We are extremely excited to see this initiative come to fruition,” says Harpreet Singh 17C, founder and president of FLIP, who is also an intern in the Office of Student Success Programs and Services.

“The Office of Student Success and FLIP are both here to help, empower, and create bridges to overcome gaps in resources, and to mitigate the socioeconomic inequities experienced by first-generation college students," Singh notes.

For more information about this initiative, contact Singh.