Academic Resources

Book It Forward Lending Library (Students Receiving Financial Aid)

Donate a book

The Book It Forward Lending Library through FIRST accepts select books at any time. Please email about donating. You are also welcome to donate books to the bookstore at the end of the semester, or to boxes in select residential halls on campus at the end of the academic year.

Access a book

Students with a Family Contribution of $10,000 and below may access books at any time during the semester. Those with a higher Family Contribution may only access books after the add period.

Please note that our library is made up of donated used books and does not contain any access codes. Our list of books can be found here.

We also encourage students to view textbooks on reserve, consider interlibrary loans, or explore external sites such as,,,, and Students should take advantage of the Tufts Bookstore price matching policy if they find better prices on these sites to avoid paying for shipping charges.

Request a Book from the Book It Forward Lending Library

  • If you wish to request a book from our list, you must complete our Book Request Form. (Note: Requests are closed for the summer.)
    • Please no in-person or phone requests.
  • Please submit one form for each book. Please do not request multiple books in one submission.
  • Please do not submit any duplicate requests, as they prolong processing time.
  • Please do not request a book or an edition that is not on the list. If it is not on the list, then we do not have a copy.
  • Requests will be processed in the order in which they were received.
  • You will receive a follow-up email confirming the availability of the book and if it is ready for you to pick up at 20 Professors Row during specified hours.
  • Books that are not picked up in a timely manner will be made available to other students.
  • Checked-out books are expected to be returned by the end of the semester, or sooner if not being used.
    • Students with overdue books may not access the Lending Library or any other financial resources through our office until the overdue books have been returned.


Supply Pantry (Students Receiving Financial Aid)

Students looking for basic school supplies can connect with us at Supplies include folders, one-subject notebooks, and loose-leaf paper.


Laptop Loan Program (FIRST Resource Center Students)

Students may start Tufts without a laptop or find during their time at Tufts that they are in need of a laptop. The Tisch Library is a great resource for this time and many other goods including other technology and even bikes. However, students in the FIRST Community who feel they need a laptop for a longer period of time (up to one semester) may check out a laptop with our office. To request a laptop or to be added to the waitlist, please review our laptop loan agreement and submit the requested information, and we will email you to follow up.

Laptops currently available

Dell/Lenovo: 0

MacBook Air: 0


Language Evaluation Service (Students with Family Contributions $10,000 and below)

Students who wish to be evaluated in a language not taught at Tufts are able to opt into our external evaluation process. There is a fee of $175 for this evaluation. Students are expected to pay this fee to the evaluation company directly; however, students receiving significant financial aid will have this fee waived.

More information about language proficiency is available via SIS.


Please note: Financial Resources through the FIRST Center are available to eligible undergraduate students only. Post-bacc, certificate, and graduate students do not qualify.