Faculty Information

Textbooks/Course Materials

The CU Book Store maintains the required database of information on all course materials including OER and "no text required." You will receive a personalized link from us once your department has submitted its course schedule to the Registrar.

Course Material Compliance

Timely course material information is critical to provide financial transparency to students and to prevent unexpected expenses. It is required for the university to maintain compliance with federal and state requirements.

Campus Publishing

Work with Campus Publishing to create your own custom course materials.

Course Materials Deadlines

Campus policy requires faculty to inform the CU Book Store of all their course materials requirements including OER and "no text required" by the following approximate due dates each term:

Fall Term- Due by April 1st

Spring Term - Due by October 1st

Summer and Maymester Terms - Due by March 7th

Please note: Late course information increases the risk the materials will not be available on the first day of class.

We Are Here to Help

We understand the difficulty involved in selecting the right course materials and the pressure on faculty to keep costs down. We are here to help! Our industry-leading textbook rental program has helped save students millions of dollars. Please contact us at any time for help in determining the most cost-effective course materials.

Academic Resource Department ManagerMatt AvenaMatthew.Avena@colorado.edu303-492-3422
Digital Materials CoordinatorErin ScholErin.Schol@colorado.edu303-492-3420
Copyright ManagerImaging Servicescustompub@colorado.edu303-492-2679
Textbook OrdersRyan WindleRyan.Windle@colorado.edu303-492-3421
Supplies BuyerJoe AllenJoseph.Allen@Colorado.edu303-492-7755

Course Material Answers for Faculty

Why do I need to submit my textbook / course material information so early?

The Higher Education Opportunity Act gives students the legal right to this information at the time they register for classes. The university also needs this information to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Early and on-time textbook/course material information also helps save student money. 

What if I have to submit information after the deadlines?

Our deadlines are recommendations. We are here to help you and the students any way we can and will do so regardless of when you provide us with your course materials information.

How do I submit my course material information?

Information should be submitted through our online textbook information collection system. If you are teaching a course and you are registered in the CU information system, you should receive an email with a link from us automatically. You can also click here: https://cuboulder.verbacollect.com/session/selfassign

What if I require non-text items such as supplies or software?

Please list them in the notes section and our staff will contact you.

Why should I use the campus bookstore?

The CU Book Store is here to assist the faculty, students, and staff at CU Boulder. We maintain the required database of information on all course materials including OER and “no text required.” Campus policy requires faculty and departments to identify what books and other course materials are required for their classes (or specify that a class will have no required materials) and submit this information to the CU Book Store.

Did you know? The Book Store helped students save $4.4 million through textbook rentals and Day 1 Digital Access

We Can Help Our Students Save Money on Course Materials

Here's how the CU Book Store and faculty can work together to reduce costs for parents and students

#1 Get course materials information to us as early as possible

In most cases, students save money when faculty provide course material information early. Timely course material information allows the CU Book Store to partner with faculty on the lowest cost option for students, saves on freight costs, and allow more used books to be sourced.  

#2 Consider Day 1 Digital Access

If you have a large, introductory course, consider Day 1 Digital Access. The term “Day 1 Digital Access”, also called “inclusive access”, refers to course materials that are delivered electronically through the LMS and are available to students enrolled in the course on the first day of class. The bookstore then bills enrolled students after the census date at the guaranteed lowest market price for the materials. Your publishing representative will have more information.

#3 Consider the use of Open Educational Resources "OER"

The Libraries have created a comprehensive guide related to OER.

#4 Carefully consider customized textbooks

Please consult with Ryan.Windle@colorado.edu before using a custom textbook. Most of the time, we can provide a lower cost option for students on a national edition by renting it. Custom editions are usually not available used and the bookstore rarely buys them back. Usually considerably more price savings can be achieved with Day 1 Digital Access.

#5 Carefully consider loose-leafs

It is usually not necessary to offer loose-leafs as a price-savings options because the bookstore will rent the regular edition at a low price.

#6 Stay with the same edition

Old editions can be tricky. Sometimes they represent a significant savings to students. Other times, if the class is large, it's impossible to source enough copies. Please check with us first before decided to use an old edition to save your students money. It may be no savings at all and just one, big headache.

#7 Is my book available in digital format?

Please go to www.vitalsource.com or www.redshelf.com and see. Digital books come in a range of durations from 120 days to perpetual and we never run out, so using a digital book has many advantages including reduced cost. Day 1 Digital Access, a program where digital books are delivered through the LMS, may also be a good choice.