October 15, 2019

VIVA Faculty Textbook Portal

The VIVA Faculty Textbook Portal is an online catalog to help Virginia public university faculty find open and affordable textbooks for their courses. Use of free e-books and other online materials will save UMW and other Virginia students hundreds of dollars in textbook purchases over their academic careers.

Faculty can select from more than 200,000 titles that include open access textbooks, e-books from VIVA’s shared library collections, and e-books that VIVA will purchase by request on behalf of public colleges and universities throughout the state.

The Textbook Portal allows faculty to view currently available titles as well as preview and make purchase requests for other full text e-books that are not currently available through UMW Libraries.

E-books in the textbook portal have unlimited user access, so all students in a course can simultaneously access the book, download the book to their devices, or print chapters from the book at any time.

The Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) is the consortium of nonprofit academic libraries within the Commonwealth of Virginia. The VIVA Faculty Textbook Portal is part of VIVA’s wide-scale Open and Affordable Initiatives to increase affordability in higher education, promote student success, and empower Virginia faculty to use and create high-quality educational materials that are free for students.

Questions about the textbook portal, or about affordable and open educational materials in general, can be sent to Paul Boger at pboger@umw.edu.