Big Blue Access: Online Bookstore

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Big Blue Access: Millikin's Online Bookstore

At Millikin University, students don't need to make separate purchases for textbooks—it’s all included! 

Created in partnership with Akademos, Inc., and powered by TextbookX, Millikin's Big Blue Access course materials program is an innovative, personalized, and affordable solution for students. At the start of each qualifying term, all students will receive all the physical and digital course materials they need in order to succeed.

Course Material Program Guide

Here’s how it works:

  • Faculty select the course materials they want to use and submit it through the online bookstore website. Akademos then sources the materials in physical and digital formats.
  • Students are automatically enrolled in the program with the option to opt out. Once registered for the upcoming term, materials are compiled with physical textbooks mailed to campus while digital course material access information is emailed. You can then pick up and access materials on the first day of class without having to place individual orders or pay out of pocket.
  • The cost is included on your student account and calculated on a flat fee per student per credit hour, regardless of how much each individual textbook costs.
  • If students want to opt out of the program, they can do so through the website. Opt out due dates will be posted and communicated each term.

Program Benefits:

  • High-quality, low-cost course materials for all of your registered classes
  • One flat fee for books regardless of course, major, or material format 
  • No out-of-pocket textbook costs
  • Delivery of all materials prior to the first day of class to start on equal footing
  • A personalized website showing courses and when, where, and how course materials will be delivered 
  • An integrated system where digital materials are easily referenced through the bookstore’s eLibrary and move with you as courses are added and dropped
  • Year-round student support with 24/7 availability during the back-to-school season

What actions do students need to take?

Not much at all!
1. Check out your course list at to see what materials you’ll receive 
2. Pick up any physical texts at the University Commons
3. Check your email for digital access information

Contact if you have any questions.

You do not need to take any actions to ensure that your materials are delivered. The bookstore will know what materials you need and deliver physical items to campus while digital course material access information will be emailed as well as listed in your bookstore eLibrary account for future reference. 

Required Steps: 

  1. Pick up physical items: If items were delivered to campus, pick up physical texts at the University Commons. Email and text reminders will also be sent. 
  2. Access digital materials: You will be emailed access information for your digital materials. Depending on the item, you may access the materials through your LMS, through a publisher’s website, or through VitalSource.

Recommended Step: 

  • Log into the website before every major term to see what materials you will receive. This is especially important so that you know which of your items are physical and which are digital.