Contacts & Resources
We encourage faculty to continue to adopt quality course materials to support the curriculum while keeping the costs and affordability options in mind as well. Bookstore staff is on hand to assist with your adoption and research of available options.
Course Materials Manager & Coursepackets
Buyer/Supervisor - Print & Rental
Buyer/Supervisor - Adoptions & Digital
Buyer/Supervisor - Adoptions & General Books
Once you have selected course materials for your course, please submit this info to your department's Academic Coordinator. Not sure who that is? View the complete list of Academic Coordinators to find out!
Course Material Resources
Everything Faculty Need to know about Course Materials
A popular way for students to save money on course materials is to purchase used textbooks. Our used books sell at least 25% less than the price of new books. We encourage faculty to adopt old editions, when possible.
Digital Books and Adaptive Learning Access Codes
As digital content becomes more widely
adopted at Iowa State and a more popular
choice among our students, the ISU Book
Store is prepared to assist faculty and
students with a variety of digital options.
From e-Books to adaptive learning content
(access codes), we have it covered. Plus,
digital options can cost up to 50% less
than new print textbooks.
Inclusive Access is a program for digital
content adoption. It provides students
immediate digital access to their e-book
and adaptive learning content, while saving
upwards of 60% off the price of a new
Whenever possible, we offer new and used
books to be rented rather than purchased.
The student pays an initial fee then returns
the book at the end of the semester. Students
typically save 40% or more off the
new book price by renting.
We believe in making our course material
pricing as competitive and transparent as
possible. Students have a price comparison
tool built into their book list and can
compare the bookstore’s prices with other
major online retailers, such as Amazon
and Half.com. Faculty are encouraged to
include this information as part of their syllabus
when explaining required and recommended
U-Bill & Sales Tax Exemption
Students can purchase course materials,
school and art supplies, calculators and
flash drives using their U-Bill both in-store
and online. Plus, everyone saves 7% everyday
with no sales tax on all purchases!
WHAT IS THE COURSE MATERIAL
Based on HEOA legislation, the annual deadlines are
March 1 (Fall and Summer) and October 1 (Spring). A
memo will be sent out each semester from the Office
of the Senior Vice President and Provost as
well as reminders from the ISU Book Store. Please
note, the bookstore accepts adoptions beyond the
HEOA deadlines to support your teaching needs.
WHAT IS HEOA?
The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA)
is federal legislation requiring titles, ISBN numbers and
retail pricing of all required and recommended course
materials be published for students’ review prior to
course registration. To comply with this requirement,
the Office of the Registrar, Information Technology,
and the Iowa State University Book Store have developed
systems to provide this information to students
via the Schedule of Classes and AccessPlus.
HOW DO I SUBMIT MY ADOPTION?
Faculty need to submit the course material requirements
and recommendations to their designated
Department Academic Coordinator by the adoption
deadline. Please include any courses in which there
will be not textbook requirements as well. If you are
unsure of your department contact, the Department
Academic Coordinator List can be found at www.isubookstore.com
- Books > Textbooks > Information.
HOW ARE COURSE MATERIALS DEFINED?
Course materials are defined as textbooks/books, manuals,
access codes, e-books, coursepackets, and supplies
(design, lab, technology, etc.). And, anything else
that is required for your students to obtain for class.
WHAT IF I AM UNABLE TO MEET THE DEADLINES?
We recognize that there are a few situations where it
may not be possible to have course materials information
available by these dates: the instructor has not yet
been assigned for a course, the course and/or textbook
is new and still under development. For these situations,
the HEOA legislation requires that textbook information
be listed as “To Be Determined” until such time as the
information is available. The ISU Book Store will continue
to update the system with new information for courses
after the initial deadline, to provide students with the
most accurate and up-to-date information as possible.
HOW DO I HANDLE NON-TRADITIONAL OR
NEGOTIATED COURSE MATERIAL ADOPTIONS?
For special course materials, arrangements or negotiations
with publishers, please contact the ISU Book
Store to facilitate these transactions. Contracts with
publishing companies and vendors (i.e. adaptive learning
content, e-books) must be established through the
Purchasing Department to protect student information
and ISU. For digital content adoptions, please see the
ISU Digital Content Guidelines. Selling or facilitating
course material transactions in the classroom or direct
through a third party provider is not allowed.
WHERE DO I SUBMIT A CUSTOM
Coursepackets are to be turned in to the ISU Book Store
for production. A full coursepacket service is available
on-campus through ISU Printing Services and ISU Book
Store including copyright clearance, complimentary desk
copies, and on-demand printing in the Memorial Union.
Coursepackets will be available for students to purchase in
the ISU Book Store along with all other course materials.
HOW DO STUDENTS OBTAIN COURSE
MATERIALS AT IOWA STATE?
Students are provided a book list with their class schedule
in AccessPlus. It is critical that faculty submit adoptions
for course materials to the ISU Book Store in order
to populate the student book list. Students purchasing
from the ISU Book Store can charge their course material
purchases to their U-Bill. Students with scholarships
and financial aid will need to have their course materials
available at the bookstore to purchase. In addition, all
purchases at the ISU Book Store are sales tax exempt.