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Textbooks/Course Materials

To maintain 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.

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Course Materials Compliance

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.

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Textbook/Course Materials Deadlines

Required CU requires faculty to inform the CU Book Store of all their course materials requirements including OER and "no requirement" 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 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

In most situations, students save money when faculty provide course materials information early. The bookstore can stock more used books. The bookstore can acquire books for less money and offer lower rental pricing. The students save money. The University saves money.
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.
The Libraries have created a comprehensive guide related to OER.
Please consult us 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 at a significantly lower price than the new price of a custom edition. 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.
It is usually not necessary to offer a loose-leaf as a price-savings options because the bookstore will rent the regular edition at a low enough price.
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.
Bundles can be great if you’re using all the material included in the bundle. They often cost the student extra money if you’re not.
Go to and see. Digital books are usually rentals for 120 days and we never run out, so using a digital book has many advantages including reduced cost.

Course Material Answers for Faculty

As early as you possibly can. Students have a legal right to this information at the time they register for classes.
There are lots of reasons. Two of them are federal laws. One involves the right to know their costs. The other involves accessibility. The rest of the reasons involve saving students and the University money. The bottom line is - the later the adoption, the more money it’s costing somebody.
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.
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. The process is extremely easy.
Submit them in the notes section. Somebody will contact you.
Because we’re awesome. And it’s a requirement. Look, we don’t make people shop here. Students have choices. Students can come here or go online. However, the University is required to have all the course material information for every class so the students can make informed choices. That said, we’re independent. We’re owned by CU. The money we make goes back to CU. And we work really hard to earn the business we get and satisfy our customers with great prices and great service.

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 feel free to contact us at any time for help in determining how to select the most cost-effective course materials.

Contact Name Email Phone
Academic Resource Department Manager Matt Avena [email protected] 303-492-3422
Faculty Communications Erin Schol [email protected] 303-492-3420
Copyright Manager Imaging Services [email protected] 303-492-2679
Textbook Orders Ryan Windle [email protected] 303-492-3421
Supplies Buyer Joe Allen [email protected] 303-492-7755