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Textbook Affordability Options

The cost of college textbooks increased 88% between 2006 and 2016. Here are faculty options to reduce the cost of textbooks for students:

Cost-Reducing Actions Pros Cons Next Steps
Library purchases electronic license of existing textbook 
  • Offers free access to Tech users
  • No course updating
  • Available 24-7
  • Likely improved accessibility with screen readers and magnification
  • Wait for purchase
  • Low success rate; publishers may not participate
  • May not be library-provided forever 
Email Stephanie Adams with the title and ISBN to check availability
Switch to a textbook the library can purchase electronically 
  • Offers free access to Tech users
  • Available 24-7
  • Likely improved accessibility with screen readers and magnification
  • Course updating
  • Must check availability in advance
  • Wait for purchase
  • May not be library-provided forever 
Email Stephanie Adams with the title and ISBN to check availability
Switch to library-provided electronic items
  • Offers free access to Tech users
  • Immediately available 24-7
  • Likely improved accessibility with screen readers and magnification
  • Course updating
  • May not be library-provided forever 
Visit Library-Provided Textbooks for help with this option
Switch to an OER (Open Educational Resource) 
  • Offers free access to everyone
  • Immediately available 24-7
  • Likely improved accessibility with screen readers and magnification
  • Course updating 
Visit OERs for help with this option.
Select the bookstore's affordability options
  • May offer a low-cost print version of OERs for students
  • Offers some courseware packages with teaching materials 
  • Likely improved accessibility with screen readers and magnification
  • Course updating
  • May not be free to students
  • Courseware packages function outside of iLearn
Visit Bookstore Options for help with this option.
Put print copy on textbook reserve in library 
  • Offers free access to Tech library patrons
  • Solution for students waiting on financial aid or bookstore inventory
  • Puts extra copies to use 
  • eBooks are not always available in print
  • Checkout lasts two hours and is first-come, first served
  • Students accrue fines for late returns
  • Available locally
  • Available during library’s hours 
Visit Course Reserves to put a print textbook on reserve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Sharon Holderman with questions.

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