Report Affordable Textbooks: Transparency for UTSA Roadrunners

Using open educational resources or other affordable textbooks? Report them to provide transparency for students during registration.

Mark Your Courses

You've already taken a big step to reduce the costs of attending UTSA by choosing affordable learning materials. 

Reporting your course(s) improves transparency for our students, many of who are First-Gen and a sizeable percentage are also Pell-eligible.

Click the buttons below to report free and low cost learning materials.

OER: Texas Education Code

"…teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that allows for free use, reuse, modification, and sharing with others, including full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.” (Texas Senate Bill 810 2017 and TEC 51.542). OER textbooks, like those from OpenStax and Open Textbook Library, are free for students with no associated fees and have a Creative Commons or a Public Domain license."

Legislation: Compliance

In compliance with SB 810 and HB 1027, the UTSA Libraries has worked with UTSA Student Government Association, the Office of the Registrar, University Technology Solutions and various other UTSA divisions to deploy these filters in the UTSA Course Schedules.

Students can apply the Free Textbook and Low Cost Textbook filters when registering for courses.

Attribute Definition Examples
Free Textbooks Courses with total learning materials cost of zero that are Creative Commons licensed. Ensures UTSA's compliance with TEC 51.542. Open Educational Resources from Open Textbook Library, OpenStax, or any other Creative Commons licensed learning material that allows for free access and re-use.
Low Cost Textbooks Filters for courses with total learning materials cost of $40 or less.

Open access: free, publicly accessible resources that may be copyright-protected. Examples: YouTube videos, freely accessible websites, etc.

Online resources from the UTSA Libraries: e-books, streaming videos, etc. that are no additional cost and available to students remotely.

A collection of resources from copyright-protected resources that are provided to students at no cost by applying fair use: no more than 20% of each resource is used at any given point through the semester. Example: chapters from different print books scanned and made available to your students in Blackboard.

Learning resources that are copyright-protected that cost $40 or less. Example: a required novel or several required novels for a literature course with a combined total purchase price of $40 or less.


Filters: Course Schedules

Low Cost Textbook Courses: Total Required Learning Materials Cost <= $40

Free Textbook Courses: Total Required Learning Materials Cost=$0

Looking for textbooks?


Use the Textbooks/Reserves tab in Library Quick Search to search by Course, Instructor or Title.




Are you an instructor that needs to request textbooks for classes?  Use the Library Reading List Tool in Blackboard or the Course Reserves form: