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Collection Development Policy

Textbooks

With the exception of faculty-authored textbooks, the Library does not purchase textbooks for courses at SUNY Oneonta. Many texts become quickly dated and are supplanted by new editions. To help students defray the cost of textbooks for their courses, faculty are encouraged to place personal copies of textbooks on course reserve for their students’ use and to consider alternatives to high-cost textbooks such as Open Educational Resources (OER) or assigning library-owned or open access materials. The Library will work with any faculty member to identify relevant OER, open access content, or library materials for courses.