Faculty Information

Textbook/Course Materials Deadlines

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 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.

Academic Resource Department ManagerMatt AvenaMatthew.Avena@colorado.edu303-492-3422
Faculty CommunicationsErin 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

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 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.

#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 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.

#5 Carefully consider loose-leafs

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.

#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 Beware of textbook bundles

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.

#8 Is my book available in digital format?

Go to www.vitalsource.com 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

When should I submit my textbook / course material information?

As early as you possibly can. Students have a legal right to this information at the time they register for classes.


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

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.


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?

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.


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

Submit them in the notes section. Somebody will contact you.


Why should I use the campus bookstore?

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.