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Textbook Affordability

A guide to textbook adoption through licensed content and open educational resources

Textbooks at UNCSA

  • Textbooks are chosen by schools and published each summer and spring by the UNCSA purchasing department here
  • Students must source and purchase books online.
  • The UNCSA Library makes all textbooks listed on this roster available either in print at the main service desk, or through unlimited eBook licenses. One print book per 4 students is purchased for each course. Students are able to check books out for 4 hours use, and have a range of options for scanning and copying materials as needed. Ebooks allow students to read online, print, or download PDFs. 
  • In its first formal pilot year (23/24) the Division of Liberal Arts and the Library were able to create over $44,000 in textbook avoidance costs for our students. 

Why is Affordability Important?

Students should have equitable access from course materials from the first day of class onward. This leads to stronger learning outcomes and student success. 

The Student PIRG group has done a great deal of advocacy on Textbook Affordability.


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Midoria Linster
Student Success Librarian
Library & Learning Commons, Office 2112