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OER: Open Educational Resources

Textbooks and Egan Library

One of the most basic needs for college or university study is textbooks. These books are assigned by instructors as essential reading since they present the subject matter defined by the curriculum. It is anticipated they will be used constantly by students throughout a course. Textbooks can be difficult for students to obtain because of economic hardship, financial aid limitations, or because the books are simply not available. Not having access to required materials can be detrimental to both students and instructors.

Can the library help?

Egan Library has utilized strategic budgetary investments and partnerships to purchase select textbooks that are either high-cost, for high-enrollment courses or are available for the library to purchase as unlimited user access e-books. The library is not able to purchase all required textbooks for all UAS courses, since multiple copies would be needed, along with extended loan periods, in order to provide adequate access. Textbooks required for a course can change frequently and purchasing and maintaining a collection of items that go out of date in a few years would be a strain on the library budget.

The library works with faculty and other campus partners to provide the following textbook related support to students:

  • Course Reserves: select print copies of textbooks available for short-term borrowing from Egan Library
    • Search Library Catalog.  
    • Limit collections to: Egan Library Course Reserves (displays all items on course reserve)
    • Limit to "Call Number" and enter your course prefix (WRTG or BIOL or HIST, etc.): BIOL  *note this only works for physical items, but we also try to add ebooks to this search
  • Library Collections: many courses use books or articles that aren't necessarily textbooks and may be available in library collections in print or as an e-book. 
  • Affordable Course Materials: Egan Library works with faculty to promote textbook affordability through the use of No-Cost and Low-Cost course materials.  No-Cost: these may be open educational resources (materials with an open license to encourage flexible use and distribution), library materials, other free web-based resources. Low-Cost: course materials that cost <$50. 
    • Beginning Fall 2022 students will be able to identify course sections that use No Cost Materials!
  • Interlibrary Loan: this option is limited as other academic libraries typically can't acquire all textbooks. Interlibrary loan (ILL) can be useful if only select chapters of a text are needed. Digital chapters can be provided by other libraries and can usually be delivered to students in less than one week.  Interlibrary Loan information. 

UAS Bookstore

Use the UAS Bookstore's online textbook ordering website to see what is required for UAS courses. Students receiving textbook vouchers from financial aid will need to purchase textbooks (new or used) through the UAS Bookstore. 

If you are not purchasing using vouchers you may purchase textbooks from any provider/seller.  Plan ahead and review 3rd party seller reviews and shipping estimates.  

If you are not able to locate textbooks for any of your courses using the UAS Bookstore website, login to your course Blackboard page and look for your course syllabi or any announcements related to textbooks.  

  1. Select "Let's Get Started"
  2. Select the term, the program and search for or enter the 5-digit course ID code
  3. Click "View Course Materials"
  4. Purchase required materials or Print a listing of titles required for one or more courses