Books & Materials

Course Guide

The course guide contains information on grading policies, procedures for submitting assignments, the course assignments, and exam and transcript request forms. The Independent Learning office will email course guides within 1-2 business days of completed registration.

Visit Follett for information regarding shipping, returns, and book-buyback policies.



Most courses require a textbook. Unless otherwise indicated, textbooks may be purchased through the University of Wisconsin-Extension Bookstore, powered by Follett. Students may also look into using other online or traditional retail bookstores. (Purchasing your books through Follett will ensure that you get the right editions of the right books for your classes.)


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When purchasing textbooks, please be sure to verify the title, edition, author, ISBN number, etc., that are listed for each required text in your class(es), and plan ahead to have your textbooks available by the start date of your course(s).


Materials may also be purchased from Follett via phone, fax, or mail:

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Tempe, AZ 85281-5126
Phone: 866-243-0077
Fax: 480-829-9497

When ordering textbooks from Follett by phone, identify yourself as a UW-Extension student and specify your program of study—Independent Learning—along with the course number and title to identify your courses and texts.


New or Used Textbooks?

In most cases, you have the option to purchase a new or used textbook. When purchasing a used textbook, please note that some textbooks require students to have a special code to access required supplemental materials. These codes are often not available with used textbooks, but they can be purchased separately. If you purchase a used textbook, refer to your course syllabus and then purchase the code if you need it. You will need to purchase the code through the book’s publisher.


What Is the Follett Return Policy?

Read about the Follett return policy here.


May I Purchase Texts from Other Vendors?

You are welcome to buy your books anywhere. However, it is your responsibility to obtain the correct book (and appropriate edition) for your class. Be careful to use the exact ISBN numbers to ensure you have the correct edition of the text. Allow enough time for delivery to ensure your books arrive by the start of your course. UW-Extension is not responsible for texts purchased through another vendor. Please review the return and book-buyback policies when purchasing.


If You Have Additional Questions

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