Digital 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
  2. If you are new to SFU, welcome! Please email to obtain your login information
  3. Select your course
  4. If you don't see your course, please contact
  5. Select from over one million digital titles available on VitalSource
  6. If there is no digital option available for your requested material, the Bookstore will inform the instructor or department.
  7. Submit by the deadline
    1. 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
      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
First Video
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Copying from other adoptions
Second Video
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Adding materials manually
Third Video
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Submitting your adoption
Fourth Video
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Frequently Asked Questions


Will the Bookstore be selling print course materials?

We are not able to order and process physical books at that volume and comply with health and safety regulations. If there is a digital option available, the Bookstore will not be ordering physical copies of the same title.

We will make exceptions for select publishers with no digital option, however, this will be on a case by case basis.

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 are added manually into Verba upon email request. SIMS does not automatically push data to the Bookstore system. 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.

What about my coursepacks?

Content for course packs are also due on June 30th to ensure adequate production time.
Please find additional information regarding copyright here:

You can submit coursepack requests to

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.
Please note, as we navigate the current pandemic, only digital delivery will be available for the majority of course materials at this time.