AU Library is keeping the cost of textbooks down by purchasing books that students can share. The library is renewing a project begun in 2009 to place one copy of every required General Education (GenEd) text for the fall and spring semesters on reserve. Each text may be checked out for up to two hours from the Reserves Desk on the lower level of the library. All texts can be found through SearchBox and the ALADIN Catalog.
Textbook costs seem to take a big bite of student budgets each year. According to the National Association of College Stores, the average new textbook costs $64.00 while the average used text costs $57.00. A university student typically spent about $667.00 in the last twelve months on course materials.
AU Library’s response to the rising costs of texts has met with great success. During fall, 2009, 435 texts were acquired for reserve and circulated 2,639 times. During spring, 2010, 449 texts circulated 3,458 times. Overall, reserves circulation increased about 50% when GenEd texts were added to the reserves collection—another indicator that the program is successfully meeting student needs.