Textbook Affordability



This eTextbook Portal helps you locate library eTextbooks and Open Educational Resources (OER) used for courses. If you are interested in physical copies of textbooks instead, please see the link to the right for course reserves.

Questions? Please contact our Textbook Affordability Librarian.

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Most library eTextbooks are considered “Unlimited User Access,” meaning that all UCF students, staff, and faculty can access the eTextbooks simultaneously. This access, however, does not extend beyond UCF. Only UCF constituents are permitted to access and use the library eTextbooks. If the license lists something different, like “12 Simultaneous User Access,” then only 12 people can look at the eTextbook at one time. OER are different and designated by an “Open” license: anyone and any number of people (even beyond UCF) can access and use the OER.

“Subscription” and “Owned” refer to whether the library purchased access to the eTextbook (owned) or the eTextbook is available through a subscription. Owned eTextbooks are stable and will remain accessible to UCF indefinitely. Subscriptions, on the other hand, may end. Students and faculty using eTextbooks marked as being on a subscription should double check with their librarians to ensure access will continue for the entire semester.

Course Reserves

Looking for hard copies of textbooks that you can check out from the library?

See the Course Reserves page.

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