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The Textbook Affordability Project at Temple Libraries: Home

This guide describes Temple Libraries Textbook Affordability Project, a program that supports faculty to stop using expensive commercial textbooks and to instead create their own set of learning content or adopt an existing open textbook .

What is the Textbook Affordability Project?

Since 2011 Temple University Libraries has provided awards to faculty to eliminate their existing commercial textbook(s). 

The Textbook Affordability Project has saved Temple University students over $750,000.

The project supports the replacement of commercially published textbooks with alternative learning materials, customized by faculty, as well as the adoption of existing open textbooks

This guide explains how the Textbook Affordability Project works and how faculty can get involved.

Discover the Textbook Affordability Project. Learn how to get involved. Join the textbook revolution.

Did You Know?

  • The Textbook Affordability Project has saved Temple students over $750,000 since the project started in 2011.
  • According to research conducted by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, 7 out of 10 college students have reported not buying a required textbook at least once.
  • The average cost of a new print textbook is $128.
  • A college student will spend $1,300 on average for textbooks.
  • Since 1978 the cost of textbooks has increased 812% or 3.2 times the rate of inflation. Since it began in 2011, 35 faculty have participated in the Textbook Affordability Project.
  • If every U.S. college student was using just one open textbook, the total savings to students would be approximately $1,000,000,000 (that's a billion!).
  • Temple Libraries' Textbook Affordability Project was featured in a Chronicle of Higher Education article in 2012.

About: Call for Proposals

The Textbook Affordability Project is designed to find better and less costly ways for faculty to deliver the instructional content their students need to learn. Good for students. Good for faculty. There is a single call for proposals period each year during March and April. Awards are announced in late May.

While our 2018-19 Call for Proposals has passed (as of April 20, 2018), we will accept a proposal at anytime of the academic year and depending on our funding we are open to approving additional awards for textbook projects.

Need more information? Want to get feedback on a project idea? Contact Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian, or Annie Johnson, Library Publishing and Scholarly Communications Specialist.

Read more about the Textbook Affordability Project in Ditch Your Textbook: Moving to OER and Alt-Textbooks” published in the April 2014 issue of the Temple University Faculty Herald. (link below)

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