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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.


Adoption Process at Iowa State


You get your course


You research quality and
affordable materials


You choose the material(s)
for student success


You send your course material request to ISU Book Store

By selecting course materials wisely, you can ensure affordability and accessibility, paving the path for every eager mind.
Your choices matter beyond the classroom; they sculpt dreams into reality.

Please send in ALL your course materials listed on your syllabus to the ISU Book Store. This includes:

Courseware & eBooksSubscriptions (i.e. Packback)
Traditional textbooksCustom Coursepackets
Immediate Access ONEOpen Educational Resources
Course ReservesArt & Design Supplies
Lab & Engineering SuppliesSchool & Office Supplies

When You Have Made Your Final Choice

The ISU Book Store uses Verba Collect to collect course material requests. You will receive an email from iastate@verbasoftware.com with a personal link to access your current course listing as provided by the registrar’s office.

You can also send your course material requests to your department coordinator, and they can add your course materials to Collect.

Department Academic Coordinator List

Using VerbaCollect

After you receive your custom link, you will be able to access your courses in Collect. To have the link resent to you, please email Emma Hartman.
Click Here for Faculty Collect Instructions.

Department Coordinators

To submit adoptions for your department, you will need access to the bookstore’s adoption system, Collect.
To request access, contact Emma Hartman, ehartman@iastate.edu, to setup your profile, train, and receive your custom link.

Immediate Access ONE

This is the next stage of the ISU Bookstore's successful Immediate Access program. This a digital-preferred, flat-rate course materials program launching Fall 2024 for all undergraduate students, designed to boost your success and predictability.

Immediate Access provides a predictable cost of $259 per semester for all undergraduate students, regardless of your major. On the first day of classes of every semester, you can easily access and start using your required course materials by simply logging into your Canvas account.

Did You Know?

The Immediate Access ONE program, with one flat rate, includes all required physical & digital books for all undergraduate students, made available on day one of class.
Click Here to learn more.

Develop Custom Course Materials & Submit Your Course Supplies List

Develop Custom Course Materials

Develop Your Own Custom Course Materials with the ISU Book Store
The ISU Book Store offers custom, in-house publishing to help faculty and staff present original work, lab manuals, various readings, case studies, supplementary educational materials, out-of-print books, and much more.

Go to Coursepackets Page

Submit Your Course Supplies List

Submit Your Course Supplies List with the ISU Book Store
The ISU Book Store serving the mission of Iowa State University and committed to student affordability. Our staff is on hand to assits you with your course materials, supplies and research of available options.

Go to Supply Lists Page

Book Store Contacts

Emma Hartman

Digital Resource Specialist

ehartman@iastate.edu 515.294.0362

John Wierson

Digital & Immediate Access

jwwiers@iastate.edu 515.294.3501

Carl Arbuckle

Textbooks & Course Supplies

carabuc@iastate.edu 515.294.0236

Jade Kinne

& Supplies

jjepsen@iastate.edu 515.294.0858

Frequently Asked Questions

HEOA legislation requires titles, ISBNs, and retail pricing of all course materials to be published for students’ review prior to course registration. As soon as you receive your teaching assignment for the upcoming semester/term, please send your course material requests to the ISU Book Store.


The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) is federal legislation requiring titles, ISBNs, and retail pricing of all required and recommended course materials to 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 their custom book list.


Faculty need to submit the course material requirements to their designated Department Academic Coordinator by the adoption deadline. Faculty can also input their course material requests through Verba Collect. Please include courses with no textbook requirements or courses using library materials.

If you are unsure of your department contact, view the list above. If you need assistance with Verba Collect, contact Emma Hartman at ehartman@iastate.edu.


Course materials are defined as textbooks/books, manuals, access codes, eBooks, courseware, programs, coursepackets, and supplies (design, lab, technology, etc.). And, anything else that is required for your students to obtain for class. This also includes any library materials that are used in the course, including Open Educational Resources and Course Reserves.


Yes! The ISU Book Store works together with the University Library to promote affordable course materials. The bookstore shares all the library resources requested with the University Library. This information helps us promote the importance of free and low-cost course materials and keep the cost affordable for students.


We recognize that there are a few situations where it may not be possible to have course materials information available by course registration: 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 possible. As soon as you receive your teaching assignment for the upcoming semester/term, please send your course material requests to the ISU Book Store.


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 Procurement Services 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.


Yes! Many studio and lab classes do not have textbook course materials associated with their course but still require students to purchase specific materials for their classes. Art, office, or lab supply requests can be submitted with book adoptions or if no textbook is required for the course.
Visit Supply Lists page for more information.


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 at the Innovation Center. Coursepackets will be available for students to purchase in the ISU Book Store along with all other course materials.
Visit Coursepackets page.


Please contact either your department coordinator or the book’s publisher to receive a desk copy.


Digital textbooks and courseware are delivered through Canvas. Print books will be available for students to pick-up at the Iowa State University Book Store. Open Educational Resources (OER) and Course Reserves are distributed by the University Library. To learn more, visit IA ONE Page


The Iowa State University Book Store is here to assist the faculty, students, and staff at Iowa State University. We are also here to assist student’s family and the Ames community.

We maintain the required database of information on all course materials including OER and “no text required.” Campus policy requires faculty and departments to identify what books and other course materials are required for their classes (or specify that a class will have no required materials) and submit this information to the ISU Book Store.

ALL items sold at the ISU Book Store are sales-tax free and course materials can be charged to the student U-Bill. Funds generated from purchases at the ISU Book Store stay on campus. Learn more from our Annual Report.