Digital and Physical Course Materials Requests

With VitalSource Pilot currently underway, we want to thank you for your patience and feedback. 

Although our working conditions have changed, your SFU Bookstore remains steadfast in its commitment to helping you, as well as our students, to navigate this unprecedented time.

How to submit your textbook adoptions:

  1. Login with your credentials at (please bookmark this link)
  2. If you are new to SFU, welcome! Please email to obtain your login information and user access, with "New Verba User Account" in the subject line.  Please note: This is not related to your computing ID, nor will we ever ask for your computing ID information!
  3. Select your course (SIMS does not automatically push data to Verba Collect.  When we open the new Verba term one month before the textbook requisition deadline, we sync Verba with SIMS once, and once only)
  4. If you don't see your course, please contact We will be happy to manually add/update course information for you in Verba Collect.
  5. Submit by the deadline (see below)

     To ensure that course materials are available at the start of classes, please submit your requisitions by these deadlines.

Adoption Submission Deadlines
Term Open Date Due Date
Fall early May May 31st
Spring early Sept Sept 30th
Summer early January January 31st
Course Pack Submission Deadlines
Term Due Date  
Fall June 30th  
Spring October 30th  
Summer February 28th  


Thank you in advance for your support to get your digital adoption to us on time.

Have a safe semester and we look forward to working with you.


Looking for extra assistance?

Please view these videos on Verba Collect for instructors:

Getting Started: Course & Section Select
Copying from other adoptions
Adding materials manually
Submitting your adoption



Frequently Asked Questions

Will the Bookstore be selling print course materials?

We are not able to order and process physical textbooks at pre-pandemic volumes and comply with health and safety regulations. If there is a digital option available, in general, the Bookstore will not be ordering physical copies of the same title.  However, as we navigate towards future terms, we will be ordering more and more limited quantities of physical textbooks as student demand increases.   

I don't see my course, what do I do?

Continuing Studies, FIC and other non-credit courses that are not a part of SIMS/SIS are added manually into Verba upon email request. SIMS does not automatically push data to the Bookstore system. Newly added courses, opened up sections, and cancelled courses, need to be manually changed in Verba.  Please advise us when you make course updates in SIMS.

For assistance, please contact

Are there any other sources for course materials?

In addition to VitalSource, please click the links below for additional resources:


What if I find a digital option for my textbook on RedShelf or Kobo?

We have worked with VitalSource and Campus eBookstore to ensure access for all of our students, regardless of their geographical location. Kobo & Redshelf have limitations for access outside of North America, and we strongly encourage you to choose VitalSource or Campus eBookstore as a digital option, as well as potential privacy issues for students.

The publisher has given me a link to their website. Can I just post this for my students?

If possible, please notify the Bookstore so we can ask the publisher to use one of our preferred vendors. The Bookstore is not able to provide additional support to students if they encounter any issues with the publishers.

How do I obtain a desk copy for my course?

Please contact publishers directly for physical desk copies.  Each publisher has their own criteria for desk copies.  Some publishers only have fillable online web forms as well.  Please email if you require further assistance.

What if I have questions about creating coursepacks?

Course Pack Submission Deadlines

Fall June 30th
Spring October 30th
Summer February 28th



Please find additional information regarding copyright here:

You can submit coursepack requests to

What if I have changes/late submissions?

If you have any changes regarding your course material adoptions after they are submitted, reviewed and approved in Verba (course cancellations, dropping a textbook, deciding not to use it after the fact, etc.), please contact us right away at Any changes made after physical textbooks have shipped to the Bookstore, may incur additional administrative costs such as one-way outbound return shipping charges back to the Publisher at the Department's expense.  

Alternatively, we understand that late submissions happen.  If you have a late submission (newly hired sessionals, new sections added, additional textbook to use, etc.) after our adoption deadline, it will be placed on an Internal Rush (ie. we will drop everything and work on your textbook orders as a priority).  Also, If you wish to have an External Rush (ie. provide a Departmental Charge Account Number to pay for expedited shipping from the Publisher), we can accommodate this request as well. This would apply for physical books, not digital eBooks.

Where do my students purchase their upcoming term's course materials?

Students can go to to purchase their upcoming term's course materials one month prior to the course start date.