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Faculty & Staff

Information for Bookstore Transition

What's Changing

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District has entered into a partnership with Follett Higher Education Group to manage and operate the Bookstores at both Foothill and De Anza colleges.

The change will take effect on Oct. 21, which means that most faculty members will be using a new textbook adoption process to order books for winter quarter classes

  • Orders before Oct. 21, including all orders for fall quarter, should be submitted through the process used in previous quarters.

For more information about the transition, see frequently asked questions.

About the New Bookstore Operator

The new partnership is aligned with Foothill's continued drive to lower the costs of textbooks and course materials for our students – including the college's longstanding efforts to promote Open Educational Resources and other zero-cost or low-cost digital, rental and used course material options.

Follett Higher Education Group has been in the higher education sector for more than 140 years. They operate more than 1,100 college and university bookstores across the United States and Canada, including more than 100 in California. They bring the advantages of an extensive supply chain, economies of scale, new technology and many years of experience serving California community colleges.

Follett is also focused on student affordability, offering the nation’s largest textbook rental program, an extensive selection of used, digital, new and OER materials, and a price-matching program. 

 Faculty & Staff FAQs

When does the new partnership begin?

The partnership officially begins on Oct. 21, 2021. Due to the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Follett will begin by operating an online store to support the remaining fall quarter term needs of students and the college. In-person services will be limited and/or by appointment for textbook pick-up. It will reopen the physical Bookstore location when more students return to campus.

  • Book orders submitted before Oct. 21, including all orders for fall quarter, should be submitted through the process used in previous quarters.
  • Beginning on Oct. 21, all orders should be submitted and fulfilled through Follett. See the answer below for: "How do I order a book for my classes?"

Will there be a new Bookstore website?

Yes, the college will have a new online Bookstore site beginning Oct. 21. It will be linked from the Foothill College website and have its own unique web address (to be announced soon). Students will be able to search for course materials by their CWID or by their class section. The Pasadena City College online bookstore is a good example of a Follett bookstore website. 

Will there still be a "physical" Bookstore on campus?

Yes. However, due to the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, in-person services will be significantly limited and/or by appointment for student textbook pick-up services. The physical Bookstore location will reopen when more students return to campus.  

  • Before Oct. 21, any questions concerning in-person services should be directed via email to fhbooks@fhda.edu.  
  • Beginning Oct. 21, any questions concerning in-person services should be directed via email to foothill@bkstr.com.

How do I order a book for my classes?

To submit an order before Oct. 21, faculty members should follow the procedures they have used in the past. Any questions should be directed via email to fhbooks@foothill.edu.

Beginning Oct. 21, faculty members should plan to submit all adoption information – including new adoptions or changes to existing adoptions – by using Follett’s online adoption tool, Discover Adopt. Additional information and instructions will be provided as soon as the adoption tool is available for use, and, as noted above an information session and training will be offered on District Opening Day (Sept. 16)

Also beginning Oct. 21, you have the option to

How do I order required supplies for my classes?

To submit an order before Oct. 21, faculty members should follow the procedures they have used in the past. Any questions should be directed via email to fhbooks@foothill.edu.

Beginning Oct. 21required supplies should be included as part of the textbook adoption information for your classes. You should plan to submit all adoption information – including new adoptions or changes to existing adoptions – by using Follett’s online adoption tool, Discover Adopt. (Additional information and instructions will be provided as soon as the adoption tool is available for use.) 

Also beginning Oct. 21, you have the option to

Will Open Educational Resources (OER) be available through the Bookstore?

Follett supports OER adoptions through the Follett Discover tool. If print versions of OER are available, they may be available for purchase as well.  

Does Follett offer eBook options?

Follett has a partnership with RedShelf to provision and deliver digital content, but other e-Book providers can be made available.  

Do digital learning materials meet accessibility requirements?

Follett’s digital provider, RedShelf, meets and exceeds industry standards around accessibility. You can read more in this article on RedShelf’s website.

What if I want to adopt an edition not listed on the Follett Discover site?

The Discover tool does not limit what you can adopt for your courses. You can adopt any edition and the Follett team will evaluate the availability and communicate with you if there are issues. 

As part of the transition process, Follett will pull Fall 2021 adoption information from MBS (current Bookstore course materials system) into its system and there will be no additional steps for faculty to take if book adoption information had already been submitted to the store.  

Where can I find information for students?

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