Kate Kramer's class
In lieu of a textbook for the course, McHenry County College students in Kate Kramer's Geology of the National Parks course access free classroom material on their cellphones via the government's website, www.NPS.gov.

MCC is Working to Reduce Textbook Costs!

We know books are a huge expense for college students and we have made a college-wide effort to continue providing high-quality instruction while saving you from the burdensome cost of textbooks

Some courses with textbook costs under $50:

  • MCC-101 (all sections) – The First Year Experience
  • CDM-110 (all sections) – Computer Literacy
  • AOM-120-001 – Word Processing I
  • ART-150 (all sections) – Humanities Through the Arts
  • BUS-145 (all sections) – Business Math
  • HIT-240-001 – Electronic Health Records
  • SPE-151-005, 007, 008, 013, 016 – Introduction to Speech

View current textbook and course fee information and costs in Self-Service in myMCC »

How to access Self-Service:

  1. Log into student myMCC account
  2. Go into Self-Service
  3. Go to Student Planning
  4. Search for a course in the top right corner search box (example - ENG151) and press enter
  5. Select View Available Sections
  6. Select any of the available sections, scroll to the bottom, and click Bookstore Information.
    • This screen will provide you with all textbook and course fee information and costs. All required textbook costs $50 or less are highlighted in yellow.

We Think...

"I hope to expand that to all of the SPE 151 sections by spring semester, which will result in an approximate cost-reduction of $162,000 annually for more than 1,200 students."

Jay Geller, speech instructor

"What is far more important than the savings is that going with no textbook improves the quality of the materials and the learning. Students learn where to get quality sources from the internet and how to judge quality, and those sources are more current, varied and authentic (original, not secondary)."

Anne Humphrey, English instructor

"Our goal is to drastically reduce, if not eliminate, textbooks, and still provide sources that are accurate and timely."

Sherry Ridge, business instructor

"Textbook Cost Reduction Camps have given faculty the opportunity to improve the quality of their courses by incorporating new technologies, digital resources and their own expert materials into courses. These changes not only improve course quality but reduce the cost of textbooks for MCC students."

Julie Freelove, instructor and textbook ad hoc co-chair

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