Why: It is the student’s responsibility to make sure they have the assigned reading on time. If you are, understandably, trying to save money by ordering books online, do not go your professor and ask to borrow a copy until yours arrived or ask if you can have an extension on being up to date with reading. Professors don’t have enough copies to lend to everyone and extensions don’t help as students are expected to have done the reading to participate fully in class. Sometimes being penny wise can make the student (appear) foolish. Faculty know books are an expensive part of college, but they typically remain necessary. Most of your professors think long and hard in selecting books, so we do have a reason for requiring them. Also, if you use a library book, never mark in it!