Library Textbook Affordability Program: Reducing the cost of textbooks for students

Dual strategy: Open textbooks and Library e-books

The library will work with teaching faculty to reduce students' textbook costs and increase their academic engagement through two concurrent strategies:

  1. Assist departmental faculty as they adopt or adapt open textbooks as the basis for their syllabi
  2. Identify required texts that either the library already owns as e-books or can purchase as e-books that students may use in addition to, or instead of, a print copy that they purchase. (Traditional textbooks are not normally available for the library to purchase as e-books)

Benefits to students include a reduction in the cost of attending college and increased opportunities for engagement and academic success.

Helping with textbook affordability is a Library goal. George Fox librarians look forward to working with faculty colleagues to provide high quality educational resources to students while saving them money.

Contact your librarian subject liaison with questions regarding library e-books, and Robin Ashford ( with questions and further information about open textbooks.

More about open textbooks:

Hilton, J. (2016). Open educational resources and college textbook choices: a review of research on efficacy and perceptions. Educational Technology Research and Development, 1-18.

Bringing down the high cost of textbooks
Washington Post.Com 
June 26, 2016

"Open Textbook Network" Workshop at Fox:

Open Textbook Network workshop at George Fox University from Rajiv Jhangiani