Faculty & Staff
Information for Bookstore Transition
Effective Oct. 21, the Foothill-De Anza Community College District has entered into a partnership with Follett Higher Education Group to manage and operate the Bookstores at both Foothill and De Anza colleges.
Consequently, most faculty members will be using a new textbook adoption process to order books for winter quarter classes.
About the New Bookstore Operator
The new partnership is aligned with Foothill's continued drive to lower the costs of textbooks and course materials for our students – including the college's longstanding efforts to promote Open Educational Resources and other zero-cost or low-cost digital, rental and used course material options.
Follett Higher Education Group has been in the higher education sector for more than 140 years. They operate more than 1,100 college and university bookstores across the United States and Canada, including more than 100 in California. They bring the advantages of an extensive supply chain, economies of scale, new technology and many years of experience serving California community colleges.
Follett is also focused on student affordability, offering the nation’s largest textbook rental program, an extensive selection of used, digital, new and OER materials, and a price-matching program.
Textbook Adoption FAQs
Can I log into Follett Discover outside of MyPortal? Do I need a username and password?
How does Follett Discover know what courses I’m teaching?
What if I cannot find the Course Material I’m looking for?
What happens to my adoption after I submit it?
What is OER content? How do I mark a material as OER?
How do I tell the store that I will not be requiring materials?
Will Fall 21 adoptions roll over for Winter or do we start from scratch?
What if I have a course pack or an art kit?
Can I leave a message for my students?
When are Winter 22 adoptions due?
When does the new partnership begin?
The partnership officially began on Oct. 21, 2021. Due to the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Follett will begin by operating an online store to support the remaining fall quarter term needs of students and the college. In-person services will be limited and/or by appointment for textbook pick-up. It will reopen the physical Bookstore location when more students return to campus.
- Book orders submitted before Oct. 21, including all orders for fall quarter, should be submitted through the process used in previous quarters.
- Beginning on Oct. 21, all orders should be submitted and fulfilled through Follett. See the answer below for: "How do I order a book for my classes?"
Will there be a new Bookstore website?
Yes, the college will have a new online Bookstore site beginning Oct. 21. It will be linked from the Foothill College website and have its own unique web address (to be announced soon). Students will be able to search for course materials by their CWID or by their class section. The Pasadena City College online bookstore is a good example of a Follett bookstore website.
Will there still be a "physical" Bookstore on campus?
Yes. However, due to the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, in-person services will be significantly limited and/or by appointment for student textbook pick-up services. The physical Bookstore location will reopen when more students return to campus.
- Beginning Oct. 21, any questions concerning in-person services should be directed via email to email@example.com.
How do I order a book for my classes?
As of Oct. 21, faculty members should plan to submit all adoption information – including new adoptions or changes to existing adoptions – by using Follett’s online adoption tool, Discover Adopt. Additional information and instructions will be provided as soon as the adoption tool is available for use, and, as noted above an information session and training will be offered on District Opening Day (Sept. 16)
You also have the option to
How do I order required supplies for my classes?
As of Oct. 21, required supplies should be included as part of the textbook adoption information for your classes. You should plan to submit all adoption information – including new adoptions or changes to existing adoptions – by using Follett’s online adoption tool, Discover Adopt. (Additional information and instructions will be provided as soon as the adoption tool is available for use.)
You also have the option to
Will Open Educational Resources (OER) be available through the Bookstore?
Does Follett offer eBook options?
Follett has a partnership with RedShelf to provision and deliver digital content, but other e-Book providers can be made available.
Do digital learning materials meet accessibility requirements?
Follett’s digital provider, RedShelf, meets and exceeds industry standards around accessibility. You can read more in this article on RedShelf’s website.
What if I want to adopt an edition not listed on the Follett Discover site?
The Discover tool does not limit what you can adopt for your courses. You can adopt any edition and the Follett team will evaluate the availability and communicate with you if there are issues.
As part of the transition process, Follett will pull Fall 2021 adoption information from MBS (current Bookstore course materials system) into its system and there will be no additional steps for faculty to take if book adoption information had already been submitted to the store.
Where can I find information for students?
Have Another Question?
- Submit questions about the Bookstore by using the Follett online form or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A member of the Follett team will respond as soon as possible.