Textbook Affordability



Students are at the heart of textbook affordability and why faculty, the library, administrators, and others work diligently to provide more affordable options for course materials.

We provide many free textbook options. See if your physical textbook is available in course reserves or check out the new eTextbooks portal.

Two students looking at notebooks sitting in front of the John C. Hitt Library

Will my class use affordable or free textbooks?

  1. See if the bookstore textbook search or your syllabus say “no textbook required” or “this ebook is free from the UCF Library” or “OER.” An “OER” is an open educational resource and is free unless you choose to buy a print copy. Tip: Search for all sections of your desired course to see the different required textbook costs.
    • image of the online bookstore showing a message that the ebook is available for free through the UCF Library
  2. See if your course is listed on Affordability Counts. Search by institution for UCF. Some faculty list their affordable courses here, meaning the materials cost no more than $20 per credit hour.
  3. Look for the best price. The UCF Bookstore offers price matching. You can also explore rental or used book options. If the course requires an access code, keep this in mind if you choose to buy a used book, because you may need to purchase the code separately. Thanks to the 2008 Higher Education Authorization Act, you can ask the bookstore to unbundle access codes to sell separately. Check your syllabus or ask your professor about access codes. You can also ask your professor if an older or different edition of your textbook is sufficient for your course.
Picture of two students working outside the student union advocating for ucf students to use open source textbooks


UCF students can advocate for more affordable textbook options. Start with a simple conversation or get more involved.

  1. Talk about the textbook price with your professor. If your class required a costly textbook and it was a hardship to purchase the book, let your professor know.
  2. Refer your professor to this Textbook Affordability website. The textbook affordability librarian can work with your professor to find more affordable options. Give professors the link: library.ucf.edu/textbook-affordability
  3. Look for groups or other ways to get involved. There are student organizations, such as Student Government, Student PIRGs Open Textbook Alliance, or WikiKnights (pictured above), that are involved in textbook affordability advocacy.

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