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Inclusive Access

The University of Utah Campus Store is launching an innovative new course materials program that instantly provides accessible, interactive digital course materials/textbooks; while also drastically reducing the cost to students. In short, we have enhanced our textbook model to instantaneous access to the course materials while also drastically improving affordability. And you don’t have to change your textbook requirement or course instruction. The goal of this program is to reduce the cost of course materials by up to 80% for students while also improving educational success through day-one access.

How it works:

An email will go out to students prior to the first day of class with information on what Inclusive Access is and instructions on how to access their digital course materials; for the courses that utilize this program. So, if you chose to enhance your course with Inclusive Access we will assist in notifying the students of the change in instruction and savings. Students are then able to access the content through Canvas on the first day of class. The first two weeks of access to the digital content are complimentary for students to utilize and explore. After the first two weeks, in order to retain access, they simply do nothing; a charge will have been conveniently billed to their tuition account.

If the student decides they don’t want the instant access to the course materials they will have the option to OPT OUT and will be refunded accordingly. Students still need to pay for the course materials cost along with their tuition, but once they OPT OUT during the first two weeks of class they will receive a full refund of the course material cost. They will then be responsible for obtaining their own course material/textbook for that course.

Why it works:

We provide instant access to the course materials for the entire class on the first day and roll the substantially reduced cost into tuition for that course. Students will have access to the course material instantly, no waiting for a book online or being out-of-stock and getting behind in class. Sounds like a win-win. Plus, they will save up to 80% on the price of the textbook. And again, you don’t have to change your textbook requirement or course instruction.

Here are instructional pages related to implementing your Inclusive Access materials through VitalSource Verba Collect.

Need assistance?

Refer to this list of frequently asked questions. If you are still experiencing issues, you can open a ticket here and we will be in contact with you.



The Inclusive Access program is a collaboration between the publisher, The University Campus Store and the professor to provide the required course materials automatically to every student enrolled on the first day of class. It is designed to not only improve access to course materials but also to reduce the cost to students by up to 80%.


You can contact the course materials staff at [email protected] or by phone at 801-581-3156 to get started. We will review your current adoption and partner with our publisher contacts to determine availability and pricing.


Yes, your course material adoption must be placed with the Campus Store no later than two business days prior to the day that students can begin registering for classes. Of course, the sooner the better to secure pricing and availability, but we will do our best to ensure the Inclusive Access program is available for your course.


We will provide information on how to set up your course to ensure full use of all the materials available. Please email [email protected] or call 801-581-3156 to get the process started.

  1. When signed into your course, click "Settings".
  2. Click on the "Navigation" tab.
  3. Drag the "VitalSource Bookshelf" item to where you would like it located in the course navigation menu.
  4. Click "Save".

For more information, including screenshots, please refer to this PDF document.


All students enrolled in your class are automatically billed for the course materials through their tuition account.


Yes. If a student doesn’t wish to participate in Inclusive Access they have until the add/drop day to OPT OUT of the program online. The opt out procedure will be outlined in an email that is sent to them. If they opt out by the deadline given access to the online content will be turned off and they will receive a refund to their tuition account. They are required to pay for the Inclusive Access as part of their tuition payment, but will receive a full refund of the course material cost if they opt out.


If your question wasn't answered in this FAQ feel free to email the Inclusive Access team at [email protected] or call 801-581-3156.


"Inclusive Access gives students huge savings and access to required texts as soon as the course begins, making them more prepared. The integration into Canvas makes the e-text convenient and easy to use.”

Bonita Austin, Professor (Lecturer)
Entrepreneurship & Strategy

“Inclusive Access is a dynamic learning platform which allows students to access information almost instantly from virtually any device and alleviate the financial strain associated with traditional textbooks. Inclusive Access is the digital evolution of college textbooks!”

Joshua LaReaux, M.S., CSCS
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Health, Kinesiology and Recreation

“Inclusive Access introduces many benefits to our students: low cost textbooks (in our case, over 75% savings), zero purchasing effort (book available in canvas on first day of class), access to the latest edition, students well prepared (no waiting for textbooks), and purchasing convenience (cost is added to tuition).

Chong Oh, Associate Professor (Lecturer)
Director of Undergraduate IS Program

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