Books are my best friend… yes. For me, buying books is therapeutic. But lately they have become SO expensive that it just doesn’t feel relaxing and fun anymore. I am a bibliophile and I have to buy a book every now and then. But the pricelist just doesn’t work for me these days. So, if you’re a student like me who is in a constant dilemma of saving money (because you barely have enough) and buying books, these few tips are for you to get free books:

 

  1. BOOK FAIRS

Most of the universities these days have their annual book fairs. They are extremely helpful for students who want to buy books, as these fairs have a vast collection of books at low prices than the book stores. Karachi University, for e.g., has an amazing book fair every year that showcases all kinds of books at reasonable prices.

  1. E-BOOKS

I feel old-school when I say I don’t really prefer E-books since I always prefer reading from a book and not a screen… they just don’t give me the feels. Oh, and I LOVE smelling books! But it’s still a great option for people who are okay with reading an electronic book. You can instantly download any free book you want to read from one of these websites:

  • Bookboon.com
  • Freebooks.pk
  • Manybooks.net
  • Readprint.com
  • Gutenberg.org

  1. UNIVERISTY LIBRARY

Your university library is a great place to find the books you love. Use this space as much as you can because A) it’s free or minimal membership charges. B) It has access to most portals worldwide so you can find any book that you require. C) it’s in your university so it’s always within your reach. 

 

  1. BRITISH COUNCIL LIBRARY

This is my go to place for having a quiet me time and just basking in all the books around me. It is super cozy and a great social space to meet new people. British council library not only offers access to all kinds of books but also has amazing activities, reading and writing sessions, book signings, film screenings, etc., for both youngsters and elders. In just Rs.6000 Per Year, you have access to all that, and any book that you want to borrow. They also have their digital library. So I think it’s a pretty good deal!

  1. LOCAL BAZAAR

Hafta bazaar, jumma bazaar, etc., are the places where you find (not free books of course) but books at REALLY cheap prices. Even though their collection is extremely limited, you might still get lucky and find the book you want. Go and search!