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

Order early! We recommend ordering your books as early as possible, as publishers receive huge orders in response to the September term. As a result, it can take as much as 8 weeks for orders to be delivered to our store.

If you have any questions, please contact our Vancouver or Okanagan store for support!

Accessibility and Privacy Issues. Pease keep in mind that sponsored students may not be able to purchase materials that are not ordered through us and that materials hosted outside the bookstore may not be available to all students globally due to copyright, fraud or shipping restrictions. As well, external websites may not be compliant with UBC student data privacy requirements. We are happy to help you with any questions you may have about this.

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

Open Educational Resources


By choosing OERs, instructors lower the costs of learning materials for students, making their education more affordable.

Open UBC

Open UBC is a resource hub for faculty and students to learn more about open scholarship.

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OER Commons

A public digital library of open educational resources.

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Lumen Learning

A reliable, easy-to-use platform housing open educational resources.

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A platform offering quality open textbooks in a variety of digital formats.


Univ Minnesota Open Library

The Open Textbook Library, supported by the Open Education Network, transforms education.



Free and flexible textbooks and resources for teachers and students.


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 OCA 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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