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Textbooks On Course Reserves: For Students

Textbook Affordability Program (TAP)

TAP into CMU Libraries

Having trouble affording all your textbooks? Maybe the CMU Libraries can help. The high cost of a college education is a frequent topic in the news. It is also a concern within the higher education community. Studies have found that 35% of students take fewer courses, and 14% have dropped a course due to textbook costs. Library staff members felt that there was a way we could continue to meet our mission of providing scholarly resources to students for academic success, while also helping increase equity for students attending college.

Based on our data, if only 10% of students enrolled in the selected courses use the program, the total savings to students would be over $380,000!

CMU Libraries staff members proposed a textbook program as it would allow students to:

  • Use textbooks without charge for select courses
  • Help them afford textbooks in other courses
  • Take additional courses
  • Relieve economic pressures on students
  • As a library service, provide privacy for those using the program

This is a program for you, the student, and we hope that proves to be beneficial to your success. We look forward to seeing you in the library soon!

Textbook Affordability Program

SGA Presentation

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