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MAT, or Movement for Affordable Textbooks, a Project Group of the Engaged Pluralism Initiative (EPI) is made up of concerned faculty, students, and administrators who are working together to address the high cost of textbooks and other course materials for Vassar students. MAT's new guide highlights loans and more affordable options for accessing textbooks and other course materials at Vassar. Check out the For Students page for MAT's list of recommendations.
To further assist with textbook affordability and access, the Libraries have resumed the Textbook Lending Program, which began as a pilot project in 2019 and was suspended during the early days of the pandemic. At the request of the professor, the Libraries will purchase multiple copies of textbooks that are required for a course, at a ratio of 1 book for every 10 enrolled students, to be placed on Course Reserve. Vassar faculty, please make your request(s) using the Book Request form as soon as possible; requests will be handled on a first come, first served basis and processing will occur throughout the semester.