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Husky Book Bundle

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The Program

Ever wish for an easier, more affordable way to gather your course materials at the start of the semester? UConn's Husky Book Bundle gives undergraduate students access to all required textbooks, lab manuals, access codes and electronic book versions in a convenient bundle before the first day of class—in most cases, at discounted prices.

Through a partnership with Barnes & Noble, Husky Book Bundle allows students to receive required course materials for all classes for a flat fee, regardless of how much each individual textbook or digital access would cost to rent or purchase separately.

Instead of purchasing materials a la carte, the rental cost is applied to the student’s account at the same time tuition is charged. The UConn bookstore provides each student with a convenient package for physical books, and digital materials are automatically populated to students’ courses in HuskyCT.

Reduce the cost of traditional textbooks by up to 50% with Husky Book Bundle!

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How It Works

Register for Classes

Upon registering for courses, students will be automatically enrolled into the program. Once you've successfully selected your courses, the bookstore will start preparing your order.

Verify Your Order

Starting 30 days before the first day of classes, you will receive an email to verify your order and select your fulfillment preference.

Receive Your Textbooks

An email notification will be sent when your order is ready for pickup or when it ships. Your digital materials will be delivered for your course(s) within HuskyCT.

FAQs

General

What is the Husky Book Bundle?

The Husky Book Bundle program is a course material model that ensures undergraduate students have all their materials across all courses prior to the first day of class and reduces the cost of materials. Instead of purchasing materials a la carte, all full-time undergraduate students will receive their required course materials for a rental fee of $285 per semester, added to their University Fee Bill.

The bookstore will provide each student with a convenient package for physical books and digital materials will be delivered directly to HuskyCT.

How does the Husky Book Bundle benefit students?

The Husky Book Bundle program makes getting textbooks easier on students, which will ultimately improve their success. Not only will students receive their textbooks by the first day of class, but they will save an average of 35%-50%.

How can faculty contribute to the success of the program?

Faculty contribute to the success of the program by submitting course materials selections into the bookstore by the adoption deadline for each semester: on or before April 1st for the fall semester; on or before October 1st for the spring semester; and on or before February 15th for the summer semester.

What is included in the program?

The program provides all required textbooks, lab manuals, access codes and digital course materials to eligible students in the delivery format (physical or digital) selected by faculty.

What is excluded from the program?

The program does not include consumables that cannot be returned and reused such as lab goggles, dissection kits, molecular model kids, engineering kits or nursing kits.

How do students purchase if they decide not to be in the program?

Eligible students who elect to opt-out of the program will be responsible for purchasing their course materials independently through the bookstore.

How does BNC ensure that students are getting their required course materials?

Approximately one month before classes start, students will receive an email instructing them to select their fulfillment preference (in-store pickup or shipped directly). An email notification will be sent when the students order is ready for pickup or when it ships, and digital materials will be delivered for course(s) within the HuskyCT.

Will faculty have to change their course materials currently being used?

No, there are no restrictions in the course materials you select for your course. All course materials, from any publisher, in your preferred format are included in the program.

Why not work directly with publishers?

Publishers do not have the ability to provide all the different formats of content that faculty request at the lowest price possible.

How can we be sure that this will lower book costs for our students?

BNC is committed to lowering the costs of course materials to our students, and with their integrated supply chain and economies of scale, the Husky Book Bundle program is a new and innovative way to provide the most affordable solutions for our students.

Will students be able to keep their course materials once they have completed the course?

Yes, the program provides students the option to purchase textbooks at a reduced rate during the rental return period.

What happens if a faculty member changes their course material adoption?

If a faculty member changes their course material adoption, faculty should notify the bookstore of the new adoption and the bookstore will ensure that students receive the corrected course materials.

What if my teaching assignment changes (e.g., I was scheduled to teach one course, but later assigned to another)?

The bookstore is committed to helping as they normally do in those situations, working with you to update the textbook adoption platform with the new materials.

What happens if a student drops/adds a course?

When a student adds/drops a course, instructions are provided for returning their course materials, and to provide delivery options for any new courses that have been added.

What if students have questions or trouble accessing their digital course materials?

All students in the Husky Book Bundle program using digital materials should be directed to contact Bookstore Customer Care at bookstorecustomercare@bncollege.com for assistance.

If I adopt Open Education Resources or don’t require a textbook, do my students still have to pay the fee?

Full-time undergraduate students will pay $285 per semester for all courses. Students can opt-out for any semester if they choose not to participate.

How do we ensure course materials in the Husky Book Bundle program are accessible to students with accommodations?

The bookstore can accommodate students with accessibility needs.

Student

What is the the Husky Book Bundle program?

The Husky Book Bundle is a course material model that ensures students have access to all of their required course materials on or before the first day of class and lowers the cost of materials for students. Through this new program, physical books will be conveniently packaged and provided to students on a rental basis, and digital materials will be delivered directly within HuskyCT. Costs for full-time undergraduate students will be $285 per semester and automatically included on their University Fee Bill . At the end of the term, students will receive email reminders to return their physical course materials to the bookstore.

How does it work?

  • Register for your classes and the bookstore will start preparing your course materials
  • Approximately one month before classes start, you will receive an email instructing you to select your delivery preference (in-store pickup or shipped directly to you)
  • An email notification will be sent when your order is ready for pickup or when it ships
  • Your digital materials will be conveniently delivered for your course(s) within HuskyCT

What is included in the program?

The program provides all required textbooks, lab manuals, access codes and digital textbook versions as adopted by faculty to eligible students.

What is excluded from the program?

The program does not include consumables that cannot be returned and reused such as lab goggles, dissection kits, molecular model kits, engineering kits or nursing kits.

How do I enroll in the program?

All full-time undergraduate students are eligible and will be automatically enrolled in the Husky Book Bundle program.

Can I opt-out of the program?

While this program is expected to ease the process of obtaining your required course materials and lower your overall costs, students have the option to opt-out of this program by starting here: https://sso.bncollege.com/bes-sp/bessso/saml/uconnedu/fdcopt/logon. The opt-out period for each semester is open 30 days prior to the first day of class and ends on the 10th day of class.  Once opted out, you will not receive access to your materials and will be responsible for purchasing all required course materials from the UConn Bookstore, https://uconn.bncollege.com/.

How do I change my opt-out status?

To change your status and opt into the Husky Book Bundle program, please follow the link in your opt-out confirmation email received from the UConn Bookstore or by going here: https://sso.bncollege.com/bes-sp/bessso/saml/uconnedu/fdcopt/logon.  You must make your final selection by the 10th day of class.

How do I purchase my course materials if I decide to opt-out of the program?

Students will be responsible for purchasing their required course materials through the UConn  Bookstore on campus or online, https://uconn.bncollege.com/.

When are my textbook rentals due back to the bookstore?

The deadline to return all rental textbooks is the last day of finals. Students will receive email reminders about the rental deadline to their email address.

Can I buy my rented textbook?

Yes, the program provides you with the option to purchase textbooks at a reduced rate during the rental return period.

Do I need to return books if they are for a continuation course?

Yes, you will still be required to return continuation course textbooks. You will be issued the same title for the next semester of the continuation course.

What happens if I never verify my order?

Students will receive emails from the bookstore reminding them to verify their order. If the student does not opt-out, physical materials will be held at the bookstore, digital materials will be available within the course on HuskyCT, and your student account will be charged.

If I never pick up my books, will I still get charged?

Yes, if the student does not opt-out of the Husky Book Bundle, materials will be held at the bookstore and the student account will be charged.

What if I drop a class?

If you have received your Husky Book Bundle package, you must return any textbooks for the dropped course to the UConn Bookstore within 48 hours. If you drop a class and enroll in a different class, the bookstore will “swap” the required textbooks/digital materials so that you have what you need.

Can I opt-out if I picked up my textbooks?

Yes, you will have 48 hours to return your textbooks. If you do not return the textbooks, the charges for the Husky Book Bundle bundle will go back onto your student account.