Affordable Learning Projects at Louisiana State University

Multiple strategies and partnerships take place across campus at LSU to reduce costs for students. These approaches offer students no or low-cost access to required and recommended course materials essential for student success.

E-textbooks Initiative for Students

The e-textbook initiative provides students with user-friendly access to course materials available for free through LSU Libraries. LSU Libraries initiative applies librarian expertise in areas of access and discovery to align library-licensed resources with courses. All e-books in the initiative offer unlimited user, DRM-free licenses, enabling an entire class to use a title simultaneously and without usability restrictions. Matching titles are included on the student page and embedded in the corresponding course’s Moodle shell.

Faculty E-textbooks Search

To enable faculty to proactively select titles included in the e-textbook initiative, the Libraries provides instructors with an easy-to-use search tool to identify e-books that the Libraries either already owns or can purchase for use in courses. Faculty can search for titles on the Faculty E-textbooks Page. This search includes over 250,000 titles from major publishers, including academic presses and scholarly publishers, that are available for faculty to assign to their classes as e-books. E-books in the search that are not currently owned by LSU Libraries will be purchased for course use. All e-books in the search have unlimited user, DRM-free licenses. This search interface was developed by LSU Libraries with valuable support from LSU’s Student Government, S15RS SGFB no. 6. 

Open Textbook Workshops

With support from LOUIS, LSU Libraries has hosted workshops to introduce faculty to open textbooks/open educational resources. These workshops incentivize the time taken to consider and review an open textbook. This workshop follows the model of the Open Textbook Network, and titles reviewed through the workshop are from its Open Textbook Library. Furthermore, librarians can support faculty interested in adopting, adapting, or writing an open textbook.

LSU Libraries E-Resources

Faculty can make use of the large, high-quality collection of e-resources, including articles, books, audio tracks, and streaming video, available through the Libraries and for free for students. Faculty can link to the licensed resource from within Moodle, enabling students to access the e-resources on- and off-campus.

Pilot Projects

LSU Libraries has negotiated a license to provide electronic access to a textbook not sold to academic libraries as an unlimited user e-book. This project, which covered the title Understanding World Regional Geography, has provided free access to the required textbook for GEOG 1001 and 1003.

Early Textbook Adoptions

Faculty members who make adoptions early and submit that information to LSU’s Barnes & Noble campus bookstore can help save students money. Earlier adoptions enable the bookstore to seek the most competitive pricing and find alternatives in terms of used or rental copies. Adoptions can be submitted using the FacultyEnlight search.

Price Match

The Barnes & Noble campus bookstore price matches titles from Amazon,, and local competitors for new print, used print, and used rentals. Students should visit the campus store with the website or location with the lower price, the textbook ISBN number, and their bookstore purchased new, used, or used rental textbook.  

Contact Information

David Dunaway

Louisiana State University