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Employers usually provide the basic reference books such as a dictionary and thesaurus. But many of us can benefit from other reference guides, too.
There`s nothing to keep you from purchasing your own books especially if they are books you`ll want to keep. If you do make non-reimbursed book purchases, it`s a good idea to tape purchase receipts inside the back cover of your books as a reminder that you paid for them.
Books purchased for on-the-job use may also be tax deductible. Check with your tax advisor.