Textbook Service Frequently Asked Questions
How does faculty adopt a book for a class?
Textbook Service book adoption forms are generated by academic departments and are signed by the Chair of the department. Department secretaries provide the direct coordination of new book adoptions.
How do I get Textbook Service Assistance?
Contact Textbook Service at 650-3020. We can help determine the availability of texts and supplemental materials, provide contact information for the representative of the major college textbook suppliers, and find out when new texts will be available.
How can I get a desk copy?
Desk copies are arranged by the department secretary. In some instances, Textbook Service provides assistance to the department secretary by loaning texts to the department in unusual circumstances.
Does Textbook Service issue supplemental materials?
Most traditional college texts now have supplemental CDs, laboratory manuals, and other materials. At the discretion of the department, we can issue these materials along with the text.
Can more than one text be used for a class?
Yes. Adoptions of additional texts for classes require the signature of the Dean. About forty percent of the classes offered at SIUE have more than one textbook issued by Textbook Service.
When do faculty members need to provide a justification memo?
By policy, early adoptions (getting a new text earlier than the three year adoption period) require the approval of the Provost, who in turn, requires a justification memo explaining the benefit of the early replacement of a text.
What qualifies students to use the service?
All undergraduate students, including "seniors with degrees", are assessed a Textbook Service fee based on the number of semester hours of enrollment. Graduate students are not assessed a fee and may not utilize the rental system.
Does the system save students money?
Studies have consistently concluded that having a textbook rental system saves each student several hundred dollars each semester when compared to purchasing and then selling back textbooks.
How long has the textbook rental service been in place at SIUE?
Textbook Service began with the inception of the university in 1965. At that time, the Carbondale campus had a textbook rental program, therefore the service was created at the Edwardsville campus.
What percentage of the student fees collected is spent on texts?
Over 80% of fees collected are spent on the purchase of texts, and about 15% are spent on wages, and the remaining is spent on various operational expenses.