Instructors: Course Materials Resources

Verba now Replaced with Online Course materials Adoption (OCA)

We have replaced our old ordering system, Verba with our new Online Course Materials Adoption system (OCA). OCA benefits include a more integrated and simplified ordering experience for you and will lead to more efficient ordering for us. This will contribute to ensuring we remain a reliable and accessible source of course materials for all UBC students.

To order sign in here ( using your CWL credentials. Coordinators, contact us at the Vancouver ( or  (Okanagan campus and we will arrange to grant you access to OCA so you can order your department’s course materials.

Let us know: As OCA is rolled-out, we welcome your feedback ( as it will help us refine it so we can maximize the benefits for everyone moving forward.

Important Information Regarding Course Materials

When you place a course materials order, we’ll automatically attempt to source the digital equivalent and sell it alongside the print version on our ecommerce site, keeping affordability in-mind. This helps to provide students with a choice and to increase accessibility.

We are experts in sourcing digital materials that meet UBC’s access and copyright rules. Directing students to external websites to acquire digital materials can result in access and privacy issues for them. Trust us to source safe and compliant digital materials.
We are still experiencing delays with publishers processing orders and with shipping companies delivering them.
Be sure to keep necessary lead-times in mind: 3 weeks minimum for in-stock orders shipping within Canada, 6-8 weeks for international shipments. Print on demand and back ordered books can take longer.
Vancouver and Okanagan instructors our new Online Course Materials Adoption site (OCA).

Reach-out to the text team for questions, assistance or concerns relating to your course materials order.
Vancouver campus –
Okanagan campus –
We’ll do our best to bring in last minute course materials for you in a timely fashion, and attempt to source a compatible digital version. We’ll also keep you apprised of the status of your order.
Sign-up for alerts for out of stock items on our ecommerce site – once received you’ll be emailed. Let your students they can do this too.
Let us know if your materials are available on UBC Library online, so we can link to the material on our ecommerce site and order efficiently taking this into account.

Key Dates

Submitting by the dates below increases the likelihood that our team has enough time to research, order, and receive your course materials.

September Term deadline:  May 1st
January Term deadline: October 1st
May Term deadline: March 1st
July Term deadline: April 1st

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Custom Course Packs for Curriculum

Ordering your custom course packs from UBC is on average at least 33% cheaper. Please review the most up-to-date information on copyright rules and email with any questions. Please note that you will need to create an account with Verba Collect to order custom course materials online. If you haven’t received an email from our textbook team with your ordering link, please contact us and we’d be happy to assist you.

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