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Affordable Learning Solutions

The Kennel Bookstore offers Fresno State students a range of options for acquiring textbooks and course materials they need to learn and succeed in class.

Affordable learning solutions is a campus-wide initiative to lower the cost of education for Fresno State students.Kennel Bookstore is a proud partner, focused on finding alternatives that assist in >lowering the cost of textbooks and course materials. Peter McDonald, Dean of Library Services and member of the Affordable Learning Solutions committee supports the Kennel Bookstore's partnership.

"I think the Kennel Bookstore is unique in the CSU System in its independent ability, in fact its honest desire to partner in the ALS effort by placing the needs and benefits to students first despite the potential cuts to revenue in doing so. I wholly applaud the collegiality and participation."

The Affordable Learning Solutions committee has brought together the entire campus including the library, TILT/CSALT, SSD, and other to help faculty discover and use lower or no cost digital, open source, or open access materials. But even if you still need to use traditional print textbooks for your courses, we can still help you evaluate what will be the most affordable for our students.

The Kennel Bookstore offers many options:
  • New and Used Books
  • Rental Books
  • Customized Books
  • Digital Books, including CSU Rent Digital, CourseSmart, and CengageBrain
  • Alternate Bindings and Print Versions
Used Books
Used books account for about 45% of our total textbook sales and rentals. Used book purchases typically save students at least 25% vs. new. Depending on the buyback value at the end of the semester, the total net cost of purchasing a used book may end up saving 25 - 40% of the new book price.

A used book from out store saves students the most compared to a new book, so providing as many used copies as possible remains crucial to textbook affordability and the ongoing success of our rental program. Used book availability depends on getting textbooks adoptions turned in on time.

Rental Textbooks
Since debuting our rental program over five years ago, rental books have saved our students hundreds of thousands of dollars. Our rental textbooks save students 30 - 70% compared to purchasing a new book. Take a look at the chart below to see the savings Fresno State students have received over the years!

Semester Student Savings Units Rented Titles Offered
Fall '10
$73,791.00 1473 50
Spring '11
$62,976.00 1271 59
Fall '11
$158,400.00 4983 409
Spring '12
$219,364.00 5351 514
Fall '12
$325,038.00 8631 630
Spring '13
$210,930.00 6319 680

Alternate Formats and Customization

Several publishers offer "value" versions of their texts. These can cost up to 70% less than the full color hardback text marketed nationally. We encourage faculty to adopt value textbooks when appropriate.

Even when a standard textbook is adopted, many are now offered in less expensive alternatives. Looseleaf or "binder ready" formats retain the exact same content and pagination, but cost students 20 - 30% less than the bound version. When available, we will carry the looseleaf version in addition to the standard version to give students the option.

Another affordable option we encourage faculty to consider is customizing published texts to use just the material covered in the course. Depending on the agreement with the publisher, this can reduce textbook costs 30% or more. We may even buyback custom books and sell used copies if they are readopted and in saleable condition.

Custom Publishing on Campus
Kennel Copy Center
Located on the lower level of the bookstore, the Copy Center offers another option for faculty who would like to create a custom course packet for their class in print format. The copy center will take care of obtaining the authorized permission and copyright clearances. For more information, please contact the copy center at 278-3945.

Academic Pub
The CSU system and Academic Pub have partnered to offer custom course packets in print and digital format. Faculty members are able to build their course pack using their easy search features, instant download, and quick copyright permission. Students have the choice to download, buy print,or read on the go which reduces the cost of the material. For more information, please contact Kerry from Academic Pub at

Digital Textbooks and Courseware Kennel Bookstore clearly identifies digital textbooks and courseware options, both in the store and on our website, to ensure our students have choices. For CengageBrain, CourseSmart, and CSU Rent Digital files, we provide a link from our store website course listing to the appropriate vendor. These options save our students up to 60% on their purchases.