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Student Land Surveyors UNITE!  This hub is for surveying in schools and student surveyor support on Land Surveyors United. Join this group to share resources and tips for students of land surveying.  In this Hub for Young Surveyors you can ask questions to both your fellow student surveyors as well as Educators inside the Land Surveyors United Community.  Start a Discussion and Introduce yourself

Tell us what you are learning and keep an on-going log of everything you learned!

Things You Can Do in Student Surveyors Hub:

  • Share and Compare Class Notes
  • Record and Stream Classroom Sessions
  • Discuss What Other Students are Learning around the world
  • Share Photos from Surveying Class
  • Collaborate on Projects
  • The Sky is the Limit!

Professors will soon have the ability to host and administer their entire classroom inside a hub of their own.  Stay tuned!


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Where to Find Surveying Textbooks For Free

Save Money On School By Downloading Free Textbooks

find free versions of your surveying textbooksOver the years, I have been able to save a ton of money by finding and downloading electronic versions (PDF) versions of my text books online.  I figure if it works for me, it has to work for you. Be advised that I am not condoning illegal practices, but if you would like to have a digital version of your textbooks, this is the way to go. Just be aware of the copyright issues involved with downloading free books.


Keep the following in mind when searching for textbooks:

1) You most likely will not find it on first try..keep searching..

2) Pay attention to the Edition of the book you are required to use in your class, not just the title.

3) Don't be click happy... only click the proper links for download. If you click the wrong button or image you might infect your computer with malware.  There are a lot of sites which have images all over the page with "DOWNLOAD" written on them.  Never click those..they are there to trick you.

4) Some of the sites will send you to other file hosting services like Rapidgator, UploadingIT,Filestube etc.  When on these sites, click only the SLOW DOWNLOAD option for downloading the files, unless you plan to buy a premium account with that service...which I have never done.

A helpful video for finding digital versions of your text books


Here is a list of websites and directories online which I have found useful for finding downloadable copies of my textbooks over the years.  Remember that this is a process and you will most likely not find your textbook on the first site you try.  Just go through the list one at a time until you find the exact book you need.



Project Gutenberg

Open Textbooks


Flat World Knowledge


books available in PDF, ePUB, mobi 

books from Cornell University Library (as they say, “arXiv is an e-print service in the fields of physics, mathematics, non-linear science, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics”)

– as they say, “Free Computer, Mathematics, Technical Books and Lecture Notes etc”

“directory of free science texts, e-books, monographs, lecture notes, and other science related documents”.

Free Book Spot –

If you’re looking for math books, you should check out


If all else fails, you can always search our Surveying Textbooks Store for discounted prices on your textbooks.  Good Luck and I hope this helps you save money on school.


Powerful Search Tip for Google

Head over to Amazon and search for your exact book title (including Author and Edition Number), now copy that whole title and paste it into google search box followed by  filetype:pdf  and see if your book comes up..

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If you find the pdf version you are looking for, why not come back to this discussion and upload it for others to use.  Let me know if you have any questions and Good Luck!

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    Some more websites to try for finding free textbooks online:

    1. PlanetPDF – A small collection of classic novels all in PDF format.
    2. DailyLit – Read books online by daily email and RSS feed.
    3. Wikibooks – Wikibooks is a Wikimedia community for creating a free library of educational textbooks that anyone can edit.
    4. Dwalin – Free novels in text format.
    5. Project Gutenberg – Free ebooks from producers.
    6. Adobe Free eBooks – In Adobe’s Free eBooks area, you can download, unlock, and read electronic books on your personal computer or reading device.
    7. Alive & Free – A page of links to some recent books from living authors available free online.
    8. Franklin – Thousands of free titles in text and HTML file formats.
    9. Read Easily – An ebook online library which has been designed to provide you an adaptive reading experience!
    10. PDFbooks – This new site offers around 4,700 downloadable public domain e-books.
    11. Witguides – An online source for a wide range of useful e-books that are completely free with no need to sign-up or buy anything.
    12. Diesel eBooks -Offer free ebooks formatted for both Microsoft Reader and Mobipocket.
    13. Free eBook Miners
      Free eBooks for your education, research or amusement.
    14. Planet eBook
      Free classic literature to download and share.
    15. e-Library – Plenty of free ebooks available for download.
    16. BookBoon – Provides free ebooks for students and travelers in PDF format. No registration is required. 
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