UMD students will have free access to virtual textbooks for the rest of the semester

The Stamp Student Union's University Book Store. (File photo/ The Diamondback)

The University Book Center will be offering all University of Maryland students free access to virtual textbooks for the remainder of the semester, Stamp Student Union announced Sunday.

The move comes after the university’s Department of Resident Life asked students to refrain from returning to campus to retrieve their belongings, which could include textbooks and classwork.

In an attempt to alleviate some “disruption and confusion,” the Book Center is partnering with an online textbook and course material database called VitalSource. To access this resource, students should use their university-provided email address to create an account on the website.

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Users will be able to access up to seven titles with their accounts. The free service will be provided until May 25 to make sure students can access materials throughout their final exam period, according to Stamp’s website.

Courseware that includes custom or interactive content, such as Pearson’s MyLab, is not available through the service, according to Stamp’s website.

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