JMU Libraries is working to make textbooks more affordable

Posted on: August 12, 2021

At JMU Libraries, free and equitable access to information is at the core of what we do. Here are three ways we are working to make textbooks and other academic resources more freely available for JMU students:

  1. We encourage faculty to reserve texts for their students: Using our Course Reserves program, instructors can reserve items from our collection for use by students enrolled in their courses. By placing a shorter checkout window on these items, instructors make it possible for students to share texts that they would otherwise need to purchase.
  2. We help Dukes to get books from other libraries: Almost any item that is not in our collection can be borrowed from another library for free using Interlibrary Loan. While this option cannot replace purchasing a text in many cases because of limits on checkout times, highlighting/marking, and availability of texts that are in high demand, it can meet a need in specific circumstances.
  3. We promote open textbooks and other free course materials: We have a dedicated Open Education Librarian who works to educate faculty on free and open-source options for textbooks and other Open Educational Resources (OER).

While students can still expect to purchase textbooks for most of their classes, we are always looking for more ways to make academic resources more affordable and accessible for all students at JMU.

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