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Required Course Texts

For those of you who sometimes count on the AULA library’s reserve shelf to access some of the texts assigned to your classes, there is good news.

Wherever possible, the AU Library will purchase e-book access to the books that have been assigned to your classes. Not every book that exists is available for purchase by libraries as an e-book and the large textbook publishers (like McMillan, Pearson, and Cengage) do not typically sell licenses to libraries. Fortunately, these textbook publishers have quickly responded to the Covid-19 crisis and you will find many of these materials available via

VitalSource, a textbook distributor, has worked with some textbook publishers to offer free e-book rentals of up to 7 textbooks from now until May 24. Here’s how to access those books

  • Go to
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select “Bookshelf Login”
  • Once you have signed up for an account, you can begin to search for and download your textbooks.  (There is a limit of 7 books that can be downloaded for free until May 24, choose carefully, as these items cannot be returned once checked out.)

If you have any questions about locating materials for your classes or activating any of the accessibility features in them, don’t hesitate to ask Lisa Lepore.