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Faculty Textbook Adoptions

First Day of Class Digital Programs

First Day of Class programs make it possible for every student to have access to their course materials on the first day of class so they never fall behind waiting for a book to arrive. Students choose to participate in the program and benefit from lower charges for the course materials. Students pay for the course materials through their student account.

Submit Course Material Requests

Please submit your course material requests to the Textbooks email [email protected] If you'd like to browse textbook adoptions available for your discipline or see what materials are currently listed for your class, please contact the University Store to request a login for Course Director. Course Director is an optional tool provided by our online bookstore that allows faculty to see their course material options.

How It Works

Once you've submitted your course materials to us, we'll get to work on sourcing your requests. If we run in to any issues like out of print editions or limited availability, we'll contact you to decide how to proceed. Once your textbooks have been successfully sourced and are ready for students to buy, they'll appear on our online bookstore by course name and number. Students can order their textbooks directly from us, but will also see options to order from trusted third party sellers.

How to Direct Your Students to Book Buying

We no longer stock textbooks on shelves in the store. This change allows us to offer the lowest possible prices for students and a better selection of format options like used copies, rentals, and digital. Course packets printed by Carnegie Mellon and i-clickers will still be available in-store. Students can purchase them on the lower level of the store. If you'd like i-clickers for your course, please request them by emailing [email protected] with the estimated enrollment for your course.

What Information to Submit

Please provide us with:

  • Course Number and Name
  • Estimated Enrollment
  • Your Contact Information
  • Book Name, ISBN, Necessity (required, recommended, optional), and if you're OK with us recommending a digital version of the title if available (please do this for all titles)
  • Peripheral Items (recommended calculator, i-clicker, additional purchases necessary outside of traditional books)
  • If you're NOT using a book for your course, let us know! We'll list this so students have a heads up before they place their other book orders.

Qatar Campus

Please contact the Qatar Library Services to place course material orders.


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