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Textbook Affordability

Student Tips

Did you know that your textbook might be available for free? Since 2016, over 950 classes have used either open or library-sourced materials in place of traditional textbooks. See the tips below to find out if yours is one of them!

These efforts are supported by the library's Textbook Affordability program, in partnership with UCF's Affordable Instructional Materials (AIM) Initiative.

  1. See if the library has your course text as an electronic book. In many cases, the library has purchased the ebook version of assigned course textbooks.  These texts can be accessed when you want, where you want, and at no cost to you!
    Search for e-books or Ask Us here.

  2. Select from hundreds of print textbooks loaned by the library. Most textbooks circulate for two hours, providing you access to course materials.
    View textbooks on Reserve.

  3. See if your course is listed on Affordability Counts. In addition to searching the library for your materials, students can also search for UCF courses which use affordable or free textbooks through Affordability CountsImportant: Not all courses are listed in Affordability Counts, as this is an opt-in list faculty can choose to use, and so your course may use an affordable option and not be listed here.
  4. Search textbook costs for ALL sections of your class when registering.  Faculty select their own course materials, and textbooks often vary across sections. Some faculty have adopted an open textbook.  Generally speaking, open textbooks can be accessed electronically and downloaded at no cost.
  5. Get a lower price at the UCF Bookstore from their price matching option and/or request that the online access code be “unbundled” from the book.  Sometimes you can save money by purchasing a used text and an access code, sometimes not. Regardless, the 2008 Higher Education Authorization Act requires that “bundled” items – generally the college textbook and supplemental materials, including online access codes – also be made available “as separate and unbundled items, each separately priced.”
  6. Donate your textbook after the semester is over. Consider being a student champion by donating your course textbook to the library.
  7. Reward good behavior… nominate a faculty member who’s worked to reduce the cost of textbooks.  With permission we’ll add your instructor to this website and acknowledge their efforts.