Digital Course Materials

Cornell Academic Materials Program

Through the new Cornell Academic Materials Program, undergraduate students will be able to access required textbooks and course packs for undergraduate-level courses at a single cost of $275 per semester. All materials in this program are provided in a digital format within Canvas and become available for students to access no later than the first day of classes. Undergraduate students are automatically enrolled in this program. Students may opt out of the program within Canvas when the materials become available through the opt out deadline (February 9, 2024). For students receiving financial aid, the Academic Materials fee is included in the cost of attendance. Read more about the benefits of this program, learn how the program works, and find answers to frequently asked questions on the Cornell Academic Materials Program website:

Changes at The Cornell Store

Beginning this fall, the Cornell Store will no longer house in-stock textbooks and course materials for purchase. eBooks and access codes are a great way to access your course content digitally. Undergraduate students who choose to opt out of the Academic Materials Program and graduate students who wish to purchase digital materials can search for and purchase digital course materials through VitalSource. Students can also special-order print textbooks from the textbook help desk on the lower level of The Cornell Store.

Digital Course Materials (ebooks/Access Codes) FAQs

Online: all ebooks and access codes that are available digitally will display an ebook price on our online booklist. To purchase, add this product to your Cornell Store online shopping cart. When you complete your checkout any ebooks or digital access codes that you purchased will be delivered with a redemption code via email. To redeem: visit and the product will then appear in your VitalSource account.browser or try a different payment.

Yes, if you buy them from The Cornell Store. If you purchase an ebook directly from our affiliate VitalSource you will not be able to use your CornellCard.

Ebooks that are bought through The Cornell Store are used on the VitalSource Bookshelf.

Ebook and access code prices are set by the publisher of the product. The Cornell Store has no control over the price of an ebook or access code.

The Cornell Store ereader partner VitalSource follows a “Bring Your Own Device” model. Their technology is a HTML5 browser-based ereader; meaning that students can access their materials on any internet-enabled device including tablets, smartphones, desktops, and laptops. Offline access is available, but no downloads are required.

Ebooks sold at The Cornell Store are valid for the duration of days listed (30, 60, 90, 180, 365, 5 years or lifetime).

Ebooks are the digital version of a book publication. Access codes can be many things including but not limited to: combination of an ebook and software, homework management software, publisher software, etc. Many courses use access codes; many times the access code and software include access to an ebook. In this case, these ebooks will be read through a different ereader than VitalSource. Access codes vary greatly in what they offer; please check with the professor of your course to understand exactly what you will receive with a specific access code.

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