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Affordable Textbooks Initiative


Affordable Textbook Initiative

The WKU Libraries' Affordable Textbook Initiative awards individual faculty members $1,500 for adopting a free or library-licensed textbook alternative. The goal of the Affordable Textbook Initiative is to make course materials available at no or low cost to WKU students by incentivizing faculty adoption of library-licensed or Open Educational Resources in place of traditional textbooks. All 2019/2020 grants were funded by WKU Sisterhood. Application information, timeline, and assessment available here.

This resource guide was developed in partnership with CITL.

Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that are open access: either in the public domain, or licensed so they can be freely used, reused, and adapted. They can include textbooks, tests, and learning modules.

Library Licensed Resources

Library Licensed materials cost nothing for faculty and students, but must be purchased or licensed by the library. They can include ebooks, ejournals, data sets, and streaming video. 



Benefits - Why OER?

The cost of college textbooks has increased 88% over the past decade, far outpacing the rate of inflation (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016). When faced with high textbook costs (on top of tuition and fees), up to two thirds of students simply do not purchase all their required textbooks (Florida Virtual Campus, 2019). Access to required textbooks is essential to every student’s academic success; by removing cost barriers to a student’s full participation in the academic experience, we can improve learning, achievement, and retention across WKU.

To learn more about OER - what they are, why you should use them - check out Open Washington's self-paced OER course: