The UNCG University Libraries and the UNCG Bookstore are working together to help students lower the rising costs of textbooks. Last semester, the bookstore provided a list to the library of the faculty-adopted textbooks for the Spring 2017 semester. The library staff worked diligently to identify e-book versions of the titles that were either currently in their collection or available for purchase through a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant. These federal dollars from the Institute of Museum and Library Services were awarded by the State Library to eligible North Carolina libraries for 2016 through 2018. The library staff shared the list of titles and links with the bookstore, which were then added to the bookstore’s online portal to show the electronic version of the textbook.
Additionally, the library emailed faculty members that an electronic version of their required textbook was available in the bookstore for their students. Through this collaborative effort, the library and bookstore identified 220 e-books available for students. The e-books can be found in the library catalog at http://uncg.libguides.com/coursetexts or through the bookstore’s online portal at https://bookstore.uncg.edu/.
Faculty with questions may contact Beth R. Bernhardt, Assistant Dean for Collection Management and Scholarly Communications, University Libraries.