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Affordable Course Materials Services

University of Northern Colorado librarians support faculty and instructors replacing costly commercial course materials with affordable or no-cost alternatives. Such a change benefits students in both cost savings and immediate access to course materials and benefits faculty and instructors in offering flexibility and customization of course content.

“The cost of textbooks is one of the greatest costs that I incur each semester... That 600 dollars has a great effect when considering it could be spent on critical things such as rent, groceries, or other essentials.” 

~ UNC undergraduate student

What are Affordable Course Materials?

Affordable Course Materials include Open Educational Resources (OER), Open Access (OA) materials, library-licensed educational materials (LER), authoritative free-to-use web content, Public Domain works, and copyrighted materials used under the fair use exception. There are affordable learning initiatives throughout Colorado and the nation.