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Textbooks On Course Reserves: Criteria and Participation

Textbook Affordability Program (TAP)

Program Inclusion criteria

CMU Library funding is not unlimited, so we have focused on specific data points to narrow the courses to include in the Textbook Affordability Program. Our initial potential courses were selected by examining the following data:

  • Highest yearly enrollment, by course
  • General Education and Competency courses
  • High DEW rates and high enrollment
  • Entry-level courses to multiple programs.
  • Required textbooks only, no purchases for optional materials

Additional considerations that were taken into account were:

  • Undergraduate only courses
    • This would have the greatest impact on the greatest number of students. 
  • Print textbooks only
    • Due to licensing and copyright restrictions, there are many problems with providing eBooks to large numbers of users.
  • No Courses needing Access Codes
    • Due to licensing, we cannot purchase Access Codes for multiple users.

CMU Libraries will purchase (1) a copy of a textbook for every 200 students in the course. Students will need to manage their time so that they can ensure they have access to the textbook before due dates. Based on usage, additional copies of a textbook may be purchased.

TAP into CMU Libraries

Can I still join the program?

Good news!

All faculty have the option to permanently donate the textbook they are requiring for a course to the Textbook Affordability Program. We can provide data each semester on how frequently the item was used by students. Simply fill out the form at this link: https://cmich.libwizard.com/f/facultydonate

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