Textbook Affordability



The UCF Libraries tracks metrics associated with faculty adoptions of free course materials. Data on this page include library-sourced materials such as eTextbooks, eBooks, or other digital content licensed for full course access. Savings for open educational resources (OER) are tracked in collaboration with the Center for Distributed Learning and are listed on their page.

Since 2016, UCF faculty have taught 2,317 course sections using library-sourced materials, in turn reaching 107,072 students and potentially saving them over $7.9 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.

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.

Chart showing potential savings, numbers listed in table below.

Academic Year 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023 Total
Potential Savings $12,756 $38,756 $157,822 $401,661 $520,718 $1,127,569 $2,313,244 $3,366,617 $7,939,144

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