Textbook Affordability Information for Students

Course materials can be very expensive and cause a significant financial strain on students. In fact, according to the New Jersey Public Interest Group (NJPIRG), Rutgers students spend an average of $1,500 annually on their course materials alone.

The Libraries are reducing textbook costs through course reserves and the Open and Affordable Textbooks Program (OAT). You can be part of this initiative, too.

Take Action at Rutgers University:

  • Talk to your instructors about the Open and Affordable Textbooks Program—we’ve already saved students over $2 million, and your class could be next!
  • Look for OAT classes in the course catalog. These are courses that have been updated to use low- and no-cost materials.
  • Before you buy, check the Libraries. Make sure your course materials aren't in our course reserves area. Do a QuickSearch for required/recommended e-books, journal articles, films, and streaming media.
  • Reach out to NJPIRG. They have some great statistics about textbook costs and work to raise the visibility of this issue on campus.