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The Cougars Affordable Learning Materials Program (CALM) is part of the CSU Affordable Learning Solutions initiative started in 2010. CALM aims to aid faculty in replacing costly textbooks with lower cost alternatives by using high-quality, open education

What is ZCCM?

The ZCCM symbol is used to identify courses that exclusively use digital course materials that are free of charge to students and may have a low-cost option for print versions. These materials may include open educational resources, institutionally licensed campus library materials that all students enrolled in the course have access to use, and other properly licensed and adopted materials. Ultimately, these materials are free of charge and therefore not required to be purchased by the student.​


How do you know what qualifies as a ZCCM course?

Some faculty may already be using materials that qualify their course for the ZCCM symbol, but they need to report that to the bookstore, including if they are using no materials at all (because that technically makes it a zero cost course material course).​


How do I find ZCCM courses?

This symbol is in the course schedule to represent courses that use either free textbooks or no textbooks. When you do a search of the course schedule, you can filter by courses that have the ZCCM logo to locate these courses.

Course Search Filter ZCCM 


Professor assigned a textbook for your course? Hoping to find access to this material for free? Well, you're in luck!

Through our Library Reserves service, we offer access to hundreds of textbooks and other materials (books, videos, etc.) assigned by CSUSM instructors. To see a list of all courses that have Library Reserves Reading Lists for this semester, visit the Library Reserves webpage. 

To learn more about Library Reserves, view the Library Reserves FAQ below.

Library Reserves FAQ