Adoptions & More

How to Adopt

Faculty or their college staff must submit course material adoptions for every section, every semester through Barnes & Noble’s Adoption Insight Portal (AIP). You can adopt textbooks, lab manuals, course packets, courseware, open education resources (OERs), or no materials.

Watch our online training to understand the different types of material, the process for adopting each, deadlines, and more! This training is split into 7 videos, with a total watch time of 25 minutes. You can watch all of them or skip to the topic you need.

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Self-authored material must be approved by the Office of the Provost prior to adopting in AIP. Submit approvals and adoptions by the following dates.

Self-Authored Request Due Date AIP Adoption Due Date Course Terms
Feb 10 Mar 1 Summer I, Summer II, Mini-mester, 10-Week Summer
Mar 10 Apr 1 Fall terms including 7A/7B, 5A/5B/5C
Sep 10 Oct 1 Spring terms including 7A/7B, 5A/5B/5C
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Access to AIP

You will automatically have access to course sections that you are the faculty of record for by logging in with your SHSU credentials (SSO). It may take 3 days to reflect changes. For more information, read the Auxiliary Services Policy.

You need to request access if you are:

  • Enrolled in a course at SHSU. Your SHSU credentials will identify you as a student instead of a faculty member.
  • College staff adopting or overseeing adoptions for your college.
  • Chair or department head overseeing adoptions for your department.

Email us at to request access. – new form coming soon!

Obtain Your Desk Copy

Complimentary desk/review copies for faculty members may be requested by directly contacting the publisher before classes begin. If a desk copy does not arrive in time, a textbook may be acquired by emailing and requesting a loaner copy of the textbook. Once approved by the Office of Auxiliary Services the textbook may be picked up from the bookstore at no charge at that time. Upon receipt of the desk copy from the publisher, the instructor may return the textbook to the SHSU Bookstore in the same condition and the school/program will be credited for the original charge. Failure to return a loaned desk copy will result in a charge to the department.

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Help Students

  • Bearkat Bundle Program

    Bearkat Bundle is our new all-encompassing, affordable textbook rental program that will provide undergraduate students with all required textbooks, lab manuals, access codes, and electronic book versions before the first day of class! The average student is estimated to save $150‐200 on textbooks for a semester. All undergraduate students will be automatically enrolled.

  • Accessible Formats

    Use of Accessible Texts must be approved by the students Accommodation Counselor. Proof of purchase or rental and request form will be required in order to receive Accessible Format Books.

    Students with disabilities who need textbooks in accessible formats should contact the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Office at telephone 936‐294‐3512 or e‐mail or in person at the Lee Drain Annex, Huntsville Campus.

    Services for Students with Disabilities

  • Veterans Assistance

    Chapter 31 students are recommended to opt-out of the Bearkat Bundle program since the VA will not pay for their textbooks. If a Chapter 31 student stays opted-into the program, they will have to pay for the Bearkat Bundle Fee out of pocket. Chapter 33 students receive a $500 voucher each semester for textbooks. They can decide whether they would want to opt-in or out of the Bearkat Bundle Program.


Employees and departments are eligible for a discount on regular-priced logo products and apparel available at the Campus Store. Employees that show their staff Bearkat OneCard at checkout will save 10%. Departments can save 20% by completing their purchase with their departmental p-card or a purchase order.