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Textbook Affordability

Textbook Affordability

The rising cost of textbooks and course materials is a significant but often overlooked barrier to affording a college degree.

The goal of the library’s Textbook Affordability program is to work with campus partners and faculty to minimize the cost of course materials for students while maintaining the quality of educational materials and respecting academic freedom.

Areas of focus:

  1. Locating electronic books as one-to-one replacements of existing course textbooks – with no cost to students.
  2. Hosting print copies of textbooks on Reserve.
  3. Identifying open educational resources and library-sourced information as alternatives to commercially produced textbooks.
  4. Tracking metrics associated with faculty adoptions.

Since 2016, UCF faculty have taught over 950 classes using open or library-sourced materials, in turn reaching over 65,000 students and potentially saving them just over $6,761,705.*

 *Savings are calculated as cost of a new book by number of course enrollments as of Spring 2021.


Contact your Textbook Affordability Librarian, Lily DubachLily Dubach