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Textbook Affordability Project


Temple University Libraries is committed to barrier-free access to a rich array of resources for our communities. One way we work to achieve this is by supporting textbook affordability. A survey found that as many as 64% of students do not buy course textbooks due to their prohibitive and burdensome cost. Another 42% of students said the cost of textbooks affected their decisions about course selection. Additional studies have found that the high cost of textbooks are not only prohibiting students from purchasing course materials, but also having a negative impact on student success and outcomes.


Join over 85 of your teaching colleagues who have helped save students money and advance open education by applying to the Textbook Affordability Project for an award ranging from $500 to $1,500. Replace costly educational resources with materials available through Temple Libraries or open educational resources (OER)* that are freely available to students, including open textbooks! Alternatively, create learning objects or replace a traditional assignment with open assignments that center students as creators of knowledge!

* Open educational resources are educational materials and resources that are publicly accessible, meaning that they are freely available for anyone to use, and under some licenses to re-mix, improve and redistribute.

Get Help

Questions? Contact Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian, or Urooj Nizami, Resident Librarian.