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Open Textbook Workshops



James Branch Cabell Library, Room 205
901 Park Avenue, Richmond, Va. 23284


Instructors, did you know:

  • The high cost of course materials can impede students' academic success.
  • The College Board estimated that the average undergraduate should budget $1,250 for textbooks and supplies in 2016–17.
  • The cost of textbooks is rising at a rate of 4 times inflation.
  • Seven out of 10 students don't purchase a required textbook during their academic career because of cost.
  • 60% of students have delayed purchasing textbooks until they've received their financial aid.
  • Open textbooks can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students and provide faculty with content that can be customized for their course.

Attend one of the Open Textbook Workshops, one hour sessions where you can learn about textbook costs and open textbooks as an affordable alternative. After the workshop, you'll be asked to write a short review. Your review will benefit other faculty considering adoption of open textbooks.

Apply to be considered for a $200 professional development stipend for your participation and written review. Stipends will be transferred to faculty departments for disbursement. This funding may be used at the discretion of the faculty awardee, but its use remains subject to all relevant university policies regarding education and general fund expenditures. Funding is limited, and all applicants will be notified if they are eligible for a stipend before attending the workshop. All faculty are invited to attend a workshop regardless of stipend eligibility.

Preference for stipends is based on availability of an open textbook in the Open Textbook Library for review and a desire for wide representation of courses (discipline and level). Instructions for writing the review will be provided at the workshop.

Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad Street, West Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. For special accommodations, please contact Hillary Miller, scholarly communications outreach librarian, at (804) 827-0462 or at least two days prior to the event.


Fri., Dec. 1, 2–3 p.m., James Branch Cabell Library, Room 205

Fri., Jan. 19, 2–3 p.m., James Branch Cabell Library, Room 205

Image: A selection of programming language textbooks on a shelf, by K. Lee


VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
All Libraries
Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-0636

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