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Textbook Initiatives at ECU Libraries


Alternative Textbook Program

The Alternative Textbook Program is an initiative for faculty who are interested in replacing traditional textbooks with open textbooks, library subscription materials, or other free materials. Faculty who participate in the program receive a stipend to support the transition to free course materials. A call from the 2019-2020 program will be shared in Fall 2018.

For more information on the program as well as resources on open educational resources, please visit the Alternative Textbook Guide.

Course-Adopted Textbook Program

In collaboration with Dowdy Student Stores, ECU Libraries offers select required textbooks as free e-books for students, if available. To check on the availability of textbooks, please visit our Free E-Textbooks List. The list is updated on a semester basis.


Textbook Initiatives across North Carolina

Open Education North Carolina

Led by NC LIVE, this initiative seeks to reduce the cost of textbooks for students by focusing on the top 30 classes taught at 2 and 4-year colleges and universities across North Carolina. Faculty may apply for a stipend to support moving to a free, open textbook. For more information and to apply to this program, please visit NC LIVE’s website.


If you are interested in learning more about these programs or about open textbooks, please contact Joyner Library at scholarlycomm@ecu.edu.