Cornell student Nicholas Karavolias has spearheaded an effort he calls the Lending Library initiative:
“I have started a program where students who struggle to afford textbooks can receive free semester long loans of textbooks. We are currently housed in the Durland Alternatives Library in Anabel Taylor Hall. We have a collection of over 160 textbooks to date and have successfully circulated about a quarter of them to students for use this semester.”
For more information see the Initiative’s site.