Improving Textbook Affordability

As the new semester begins, so does the race to purchase new textbooks for each class. It’s not uncommon for students to spend anywhere from $300 to $900 or even more in one semester. That’s why the library has compiled a guide to help you reduce your textbook cost!

While it is rare to find textbooks at the library, your instructor may have placed a textbook on reserve for your class or may have some other class materials (such as videos, book chapters, journal articles, or homework help) available for you to use. Be sure to search the Course Reserves for your class at; all you’ll need is the Course ID or your instructor’s name.

If you’re a faculty member, you can learn more about Textbook Affordability at UAA and APU at Need help finding open educational resources (OER) for your class? This guide to OER will help you get started. Both APU and UAA faculty also have the opportunity to apply for theĀ OER/ZTC (Zero-cost Textbook) Certificate and earn the Affordable Course Materials Award from the consortium library.