Textbooks are expensive; they always have been. Unless you or someone you love is currently a college student, you may not realize how rapidly textbook prices have risen. Textbook costs have increased by 4% since 1978. Today, the average annual textbook bill for an undergraduate student at OSU is $1,140.
Textbook pricing is a barrier to success and a source of stress for students. Each semester, students jump through hoops trying to secure the course materials they need. They research prices, cost compare from multiple vendors, share with classmates, and check on rental options, Today, most students attend the couple weeks of class, meet their professor, and check the syllabus before they decide if they really need to buy a required text.
The OSU Library's Textbook Checkout Program is one way the university makes higher education more affordable for everyone. Each semester the OSU Library purchases one copy of every required textbook that costs $100 or more for any class with an enrollment of 100 or more students. These books are available for two-hour checkout to maximize the number of students who can benefit. The program costs about $20,000 a year to maintain.
When you support the Library, you help shape the future of Oklahoma State University. By contributing during Giv Orange, you help make OSU's future a brighter orange!