How do I order my textbooks for my classes?

Each faculty member will receive a personalized link from Verba once the term courses are approved and listed in Banner. Textbook orders should be submitted no later than the first day of registration for a given term.

With some exceptions, TEXTBOOKS ARE NOT STOCKED AT THE BOOKSTORE. PLU partners with Verba for our textbook needs, and textbooks are coordinated through the Center for Student Success. The combination of simple online ordering and accurate on-time shipping means students won’t have to wonder if they’ll have the books they need when class begins. To receive access to the textbook adoption collection program*, please email the Textbook Coordinator Vanessa Bannon, at

* Please note that no matter where students buy their textbooks, the Federal Government has mandated that information about classroom materials that students are required to have in class be submitted to the campus bookstore (the Lute Locker @ PLU) for dissemination to the student population.

Why are the deadlines so important to student retention?

It is a requirement that all institutions receiving federal financial aid must publish, in time for registration, a list of all required and recommended books and other course materials for all classes offered at the institution. This ensures that students have access to affordable course materials by decreasing costs to students and enhancing transparency and disclosure with respect to the selection, purchase, sale, and use of course materials.

If you have questions regarding your textbook orders, please email Textbook Coordinator Vanessa Bannon, at

How can I get a copy of the book(s) I need to teach my classes?

Visit the website of the publisher of your book to request a desk copy/examination copy/ review copy. A “desk copy” is a complimentary copy of a textbook that a faculty member has selected for use in a class. Book publishers prefer that faculty members correspond with them directly to request desk and examination copies.

You are encouraged to contact the publisher well in advance of the beginning of the term, as it can take up to 6-8 weeks to receive your copy. You’ll generally be asked to provide this information:


Course Title and Number:
Semester to be Taught:
Expected Enrollment:
Instructor Name:
Current Text: 

Shipping Address:
(Instructor Name)
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