Textbooks & Course Materials

Textbooks & Course Materials

In most cases, your department or program administrative assistant will handle book orders for the courses you teach in that department or program. Faculty may enter required or recommended textbooks in BannerStudent. See the guide, Textbook Tool Guide: Entering Data Using BannerStudent for Faculty.  Federal Law requires that textbook information for courses be available when courses open for registration. Registration dates are posted by the Registrar’s office.

When it comes to special textbook orders, you may wish to deal directly with a local supplier. The Dartmouth Library can help you with Course Reserves, which can accommodate both print and digital requests.

Ordering books for your students is not recommended. Instead, share information about required materials with your students in advance of the start of term to allow them to acquire them as they see fit.

Textbook Costs and Financial Difficulty

The high cost of texts is an ongoing issue for all students, and the socioeconomic diversity of Dartmouth students is often invisible. Students appreciate when we acknowledge that they come from a variety of financial backgrounds and experiences. Consider including a brief note on your syllabus: If you encounter financial challenges related to this class, please let me know. 

View this short video about the experiences of low-income and first-generation college students at Dartmouth.

The Undergraduate Deans can be helpful resources for students experiencing financial difficulty.

Consider exploring open educational resources to promote student savings and provide equal access to course materials. Learn more about Open Educational Resources, and contact Teaching & Learning Librarian Katie Harding with any questions.

Copyright & Fair Use

Dartmouth community members are expected to follow U.S. copyright law, while fulfilling the core mission of teaching, research, and extending knowledge and creativity in all areas. The Dartmouth College Library has a webpage describing guidelines and policies regarding copyright and fair use, including examples and cases that are relevant to teaching.