Textbook access and affordability have been in the news recently following the shutdown of the popular e-book piracy site Z-Library. But textbook access and affordability is already a priority for Seattle University as a whole, including the Lemieux Library and Campus Store.
The University’s Open Education Task Force—part of the University’s Reigniting our Strategic Directions—is working to support Seattle University faculty in choosing openly licensed materials for their courses. Open Education Resources (OERs) are available for free or at a low cost. OERs are also licensed under flexible terms that permit faculty to modify materials to promote Seattle University’s values and to fit the unique needs of their course.
The Lemieux Library also works with faculty to help them select course materials that are already included in the library’s collection. If you’re faculty member looking for guidance on selecting open or low-cost materials for your course, contact the co-chairs of the Open Education Task Force: Lydia Bello firstname.lastname@example.org or Kyle Brown email@example.com.
If you’re a student looking for help accessing course materials, check out the library’s Course Reserves Guide; if your question isn’t covered in the guide, Ask Us!
Finally, don’t forget the Campus Store! The Campus Store sells used textbooks and offers textbook rental options to reduce costs for students. The Campus Store will also buy back your used textbooks to help recoup costs.