Purple Pack

Our Purple Pack program makes getting your course materials more convenient and affordable.

  • Receive all your textbook course materials before the first day of class
  • Save 35-50% on the cost of course materials each term
  • Benefit from a highly personalized service



Upon registering for courses, you will be automatically enrolled into the program.


Starting 30 days before the first day of classes, you will receive an email to verify your order and select your fulfillment preference.


An email notification will be sent when your order is ready for pickup or when it ships. Your digital materials will be delivered for your course(s) within Blackboard.

What is the Purple Pack Program?

Purple Pack is a textbook course material delivery model that simplifies the student experience, lowers the cost of materials, and ensures students have access to all of their required course materials on or before the first day of class. Through this innovative program, physical books are conveniently packaged and provided to students on a semester rental basis, and access to digital material is directly within Blackboard, $360 for full-time enrollment (12 or more credit hours/semester) or $180 for part-time enrollment (11 or fewer credit hours/semester). At the end of the term, students will receive email reminders to return rented physical course materials to the bookstore.

Frequently Asked Questions

Purple Pack Program

 The following programs, grade year, or schools are included in the Purple Pack program:

  1. Undergraduate level courses
  2. Students pursing the Public Health or Health Services Administration combination undergraduate/graduate programs.
  3. ATI for the undergraduate nursing programs and required similar systems for other undergraduate programs. Accessibility to these programs will continue for the length of time specified by the vendor per the vendor service agreement.

  • Register for your classes and the bookstore will start preparing your course materials
  • One month before classes start, you will receive an email from Barnes and Noble College instructing you to select your delivery preference (in-store pickup or shipped directly to you)
  • An email notification will be sent when your order is ready for pickup or when it ships
  • Your digital materials will be delivered for your course(s) within Blackboard.

All undergraduate students are automatically enrolled into the Purple Pack program each semester.

The following items are excluded from the Purple Pack program: adopted school supplies, kits, uniforms, art supplies, calculators, non-required course materials, or items deemed not a textbook. In addition, the Purple Pack program does not include shipping costs for delivery to students outside of the Bookstore or designated locations on campus.

All eligible students are automatically enrolled into the program each semester when they register for classes.

Students have the option to opt-out of the Purple Pack program each semester during the opt-out window. The opt-out period begins on August 5 and ends on August 27. By opting out, students will not receive their required materials in a convenient package and access to digital content will be removed after the opt-out window closes.  Options for purchasing course materials after opting out can be found on the bookstore website. To begin the opt-out process, please visit the opt-out website.

To change your opt-out status and opt into the Purple Pack program, follow the instructions found in your opt-out confirmation email. Please note you must make your final selection by August 27.

Students will be responsible for purchasing their required course materials through the bookstore or other provider.

The deadline to return all rental textbooks is the last day of final exams for the semester. Students will receive reminders ahead of the rental deadline to their UE email address.

Yes, the program provides you with the option to purchase any rental textbooks at a reduced rate during the semester.

Yes, you will still be required to return continuation course textbooks. You will be issued the same title for the next semester of the continuation course.

Students will receive email notifications from the bookstore reminding them to verify their order and choose their fulfillment preference. If the student does not opt-out, their materials will be held at the bookstore and their student account will be charged.

Yes, if the student does not opt-out, their materials will be held at the bookstore and their student account will be charged.

If course materials have been picked up or delivered for the dropped class, those materials should be returned to the bookstore within 48 hours. If you drop a class and enroll in a different class, the bookstore will “swap” the required course materials so that you have what you need.

Yes, you can opt-out until August 27 and you will have 48 hours to return your textbooks.

While the Purple Pack will be included on the initial billing statement, UE students attending Harlaxton in the 2024-25 academic year will be prompted to opt-out of the Purple Pack for the semester they are attending. They will purchase course materials through Harlaxton during orientation.


Students will have it automatically billed to their UE student account and it will be viewable on their statements available in Student Finance Self-Service.

In the event you do not return Rental Materials, Barnes & Noble College reserves the right to require your payment of an appropriate rental replacement fee (75% of the new course material selling price) and/or you may become ineligible for the Purple Pack program in future semesters. Your ineligibility will apply to the first fall semester after you are deemed ineligible to participate in the program.


The program provides all required textbooks, lab manuals, access codes and digital textbook versions to eligible students.

Faculty Questions

Faculty are required to submit their course material selections to the bookstore by the adoption deadline. Adhering to this timing is vital so that course materials can be ordered and arrive on time for packaging prior to the students’ first day of class.

No. There are no restrictions on the course materials faculty select for their course(s). All required course materials, from any publisher, in their preferred format, are included in the program. However, faculty members are required to choose between physical materials (hardcover, looseleaf, etc.) or digital (ebooks).

The bookstore is committed to ensuring the textbook adoption platform is updated with the new course materials, so the faculty member is required to notify the bookstore of the changes to their teaching assignment as soon as possible.

Students are assessed the program fee for the total number of credits taken per semester, not by the number of courses utilizing the program. However, students usually still see an overall savings with the book bundle program even if some of their classes do not require materials. If a student is taking an internship or has only one or two courses with required materials, these may be limited reasons for a student to opt out of the program.

BNC is committed to lowering the costs of course materials for students, and with an integrated supply chain and economies of scale, the Purple Pack program brings a new and innovative way to provide an affordable solution to UE’s students. The program will be evaluated annually to assess costs and affordability.