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Textbook Affordability, Open Textbooks, Digital Commons: Textbook Affordability Program

GFU Library Textbook Affordability Program

The George Fox Library Textbook Affordability Program (TAP) launched in 2017. Read our blog post on results after year one of the Library Textbook Affordability Program. **Update: May, 2018. The numbers are in and total savings for the past two years of our TAP equals $797,893! (Library blog post to come, we expect to hit $1,000,000 in student savings fall 2018 semester!)

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.

Library Ebooks - Student Savings

The total student savings from library ebooks has recently been calculated and comes to just under $200K from the 2016-17 academic year and summer term. Read the library blog post about how the combined total of student savings from open textbooks and library ebooks for the 2016/17 academic year exceeded $300K!

Textbook Affordability Savings

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