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.
Book Store Contacts
Print, Digital, and Rental
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
- Textbook Adoptions Login
- The Faculty Center Network is a one-stop resource to research college textbooks. This tool provides ISBN, book reviews and additional information for faculty & staff. To created a login for Iowa State University, contact John Wierson - (515) 294-3501.
- Bookstore Forms
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.
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 print textbook.
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 course materials.
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!
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.
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.
DO I NEED TO SUBMIT ADOPTIONS FOR LAB AND ART SUPPLIES?
Many studio and lab classes do not have textbook course materials associated with their course but are still requiring students to purchase specific materials for their class. Under the HEOA, ANY supplies that are required for a course including any art, office or lab supplies, need to be a part of the adoption process so students can review their required items and their prices prior to taking the class. Art, office, or lab supply course material requests can be submitted with book adoptions or if no textbook is required for the course, you can use our Required Lab/Art/Office Supply Order Form.
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.