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Traditionally, students have been expected to purchase required textbooks and other printed materials by visiting the campus bookstore (or other book provider).  SIU's official campus bookstore is a Follett bookstore located on the first floor of the Student Center.  The campus bookstore's web site is at

Students may also be able to obtain textbooks and other printed materials from other local bookstores or from online providers.  To find out what materials are required for a course, please use the searchable Schedule of Classes (from here) to locate your course; then, in the search results, there should be a link labeled "Textbook" which you can use to see the required (and recommended) materials.  In addition, you should be sure to consult the syllabus that will be provided to you at the start of the course.

Some instructors may place a copy of the textbook or other printed materials on reserve at Morris Library.  This allows for access to materials that are no longer being printed, as well as access to materials that students may not be able to afford to purchase.  Printed materials on reserve are normally for use only within Morris Library.

Digital Materials

Increasingly, instructors and departments are moving away from printed materials to digital materials.  Many digital materials provide the ability to highlight areas (like you would do in a book), and they are more easily searchable than books are.  These digital materials are usually integrated with the SIU Online system (powered by Desire2Learn ["D2L"]), and so normally require only a web browser to use.  Some digital materials may require a separate "reader" piece of software which you ought to be able to use on your desktop, laptop, or tablet computer.  Some, but not all, digital materials require an out-of-pocket purchase like traditional books do.

Starting Fall 2014, SIU has teamed up with includED to deliver digital materials for a variety of introductory and other courses.  The cost for these digital materials is part of the tuition and fees paid for the course by the student.  You can tell if this is the case by examining the list of required materials linked to from within the searchable Schedule of Classes and looking for the includED logo next to the listed material.  The includED program helps you to more carefully plan your expenses and will usually save you money over traditional printed materials.  The convenience of the includED program also allows you to be prepared to learn on the first day of the class.

For those students new to using SIU Online (D2L), resources for using it are here.

Which classes are participating in the includED program?

For Spring 2016 and beyond, participating classes include:  MATH 101 & 105 & 106 & 107 & 108 & 140.

How do I get the includED course materials?

The digital materials will be available via a link placed in the course within SIU Online (D2L).  In many cases, you will also have access to a print version of the book.  If you prefer to have the print book in addition to the digital version, you can pick up the print book at the campus bookstore by showing an ID to a bookstore employee.  Both of these formats (digital and print) are included in the cost of the course.

In an includED course, will there be other required course materials that I will have to purchase?

There may be for a small number of those courses.  When looking at the required and recommended course materials, be sure to look for the presence or absence of the includED logo next to each listed material to know for sure.

If the course has recommended course materials, will those be included in the includED program?

Only materials identified by your instructor or the department as "required" are part of the program.  All recommended materials will be made available for purchase at the campus bookstore and through the bookstore's web site.

Other Materials

Certain programs of study may have courses that require other non-book, non-digital course materials.  Such materials should be available for purchase in the campus bookstore, or else they may be placed on reserve in Morris Library by the instructor.   You may need to consult the course syllabus to get the best information on such materials.