Textbook Affordability



The UCF Libraries tracks metrics associated with faculty adoptions of free course materials. Course material types include library-sourced eTextbooks or eBooks and open educational resources (OER). OER is tracked in collaboration with the Center for Distributed Learning.

Do you use free or affordable course materials for your courses? If you follow the OER or library-sourced textbook adoption instructions for the bookstore, then we receive this information. If you don’t, or you select “no textbook required,” then we need to hear from you. Ensure these affordability efforts are tracked by informing the textbook affordability librarian.

Since 2016, UCF faculty have taught over 1,500 classes using open or library-sourced materials, in turn reaching over 104,000 students and potentially saving them just over $9.9 million. Library-sourced savings are calculated as cost of a new book by number of course enrollments. If a new book cost is unavailable or uncertain, then the $60 benchmark from Affordability Counts is utilized. OER are calculated based on SPARC’s estimated savings of $116.94 by number of course enrollments.

Chart of potential savings for Fall 2016 through Spring 2022 shows $3,975,080 for library-sourced materials and $5,947,919 for open educational resources
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