Alt-Textbook Project

The NCSU Libraries invites faculty members to apply for a competitive grant to adopt, adapt, or create free or low-cost alternatives to expensive textbooks in the classroom for the Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 semesters. 

How to Apply

All current faculty members of NC State University teaching courses in Spring or Fall 2015 are eligible to apply. Please see the Call for Proposals for application instructions. All applications are due on October 20, 2014

Information Sessions

Interested faculty are highly encouraged to attend an upcoming information session to learn more about the project:

September 5, 2014, 10-11:30am, Office of Faculty Development conference room (405 Clark Hall). Register Here

September 10, 2014, 10-11:30am, D.H. Hill Library Assembly Room, 2nd floor East Wing. Register Here

Open Textbooks and NCSU Libraries

The NCSU Libraries is committed to fostering change in the current textbook publishing environment. The Libraries’ Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center is available to partner with faculty members on licensing resources, using digital repositories, and creating and publishing their own open educational resources. The Alt-Textbook Project will empower faculty to innovate pedagogically, enhance access for NC State students to high-quality, tailored educational materials, and reduce the financial burden of expensive textbooks.

The Problem with Textbooks

  • Runaway textbook costs on college campuses have become a major impediment to student success.
  • Textbook costs have outpaced inflation by 300% over the last 30 years.
  • Students spend an average of $1,200 per year on textbooks.
  • 7 out of 10 students have forgone purchasing college textbooks because of cost, according to a recent PIRG survey on 13 college campuses.

Open Educational Resources: A Solution

Many alternatives to the current textbook publishing landscape have emerged in the last decade, allowing faculty to easily find and use current, high-quality free online Open Educational Resources for their courses. Projects such as Open Textbook Library and OpenStax College provide access to free, peer-reviewed textbooks covering a wide variety of subjects, while other initiatives such as OpenStax CNX and Merlot II provide repositories of peer-reviewed open educational materials that can be remixed and customized by faculty who wish to build their own textbook or course materials.


Will Cross, NCSU Libraries Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center