Free Textbooks for New Freshmen

Fall 2021 and Spring 2022

Fall 2021 First-year Freshmen will receive free textbooks and instructional materials for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters. First-year freshmen will receive an email from the university with details on how to get your books and sign up for books to be shipped to you.

The deadline to accept your Fall 2021 admission offer is May 1. After accepting your offer of admission in MyCSUEB you will be contacted by a FASST advisor who can assist you in enrolling in your classes. Check your Horizon student email account for messages.

Spring 2021 Freshmen currently attending East Bay will need to return their rental texts at the end of this semester. More details are in the frequently asked questions below.

Frequently Asked Questions

You do not need to order your required books on the Pioneer Bookstore website. The Pioneer Bookstore will order your books and instructional materials based on the courses in which you are registered. If your schedule changes, your book order will be updated accordingly and you will need to return any books or other materials you do not need based on your updated schedule. 

If you drop a class with a digital book, access to the book will be revoked within 24 hours. If you have a physical book for a course you drop, you must return the book within two weeks to avoid non-return fees. The books can either be brought back to the  bookstore in person or shipped back to the bookstore at the address below:

Pioneer Bookstore 
25976 Carlos Bee Blvd
Hayward, CA 94542

Required books and instructional materials in digital format will be provided to you via your Horizon student email account.

All physical book rentals from Spring 2021 semester must be returned to the Pioneer Bookstore by Monday, May 17, 2021. This rental due date will also be stated on the receipt that comes with your physical textbook(s).

 

Other recommended or suggested course materials and supplies can be found by looking up the course number on the bookstore website. These items may be purchased at https://csuebshop.com

Physical books will be available for pick up or shipped to your current address after you register for classes. You can pick up your Spring semester books beginning January 11, 2021. See the Pioneer Bookstore website for store hours.

To have your books shipped directly to you, you will be sent an email with instructions to sign up for shipping. Please provide your current shipping address to ensure we send your books to the correct address. Shipping of Spring books will begin January 4, 2021. The last day to request shipment of your books is January 24, 2021. (Classes began Jan. 19, 2021).

If you prefer to pick up your books, you may do so in front of the Pioneer Bookstore on the Hayward Campus, during our Store Hours. Please bring a photo ID (preferably BayCard) with you to pick up your books.

Please note: For the safety of our campus community, visitors are required to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing of at least six feet while on campus.

Digital textbooks will be available for Spring semester beginning January 3, 2021. You will receive an email from Brytewave to your Horizon email account with instructions on how to access those materials.

If you do not receive an email from Brytewave but believe you have digital textbooks, go to https://brytewave.redshelf.com and log in using your Horizon email account and your password. If you do not know your password, select "Forgot Password" and enter your Horizon email address. Login details will be sent to that email.

The Pioneer Bookstore will provide the required textbooks for courses you add until the drop/add deadline.

The Pioneer Bookstore will automatically create a new order as you add classes. If a digital book is available for the class, you should receive it within 24 hours of adding the course. If physical books are used for the class, your order will be processed within 48 hours. 

If you drop a class with a digital book, access to the book will be revoked within 24 hours. If you have a physical book for a course you drop, you must return the book within two weeks to avoid non-return fees. The books can either be brought back to the  bookstore in person or shipped back to the bookstore at the address below:

Pioneer Bookstore 
25976 Carlos Bee Blvd
Hayward, CA 94542

The physical rental books you receive for the spring semester must be returned to the Pioneer Bookstore by Monday, May 17, 2021. Also any physical books you received for a course you drop, must be returned within two weeks to avoid non-return charges. Please note that books that are not returned may result in a charge on your student financial account.

Rented textbooks can be returned to the bookstore in person OR shipped back to the bookstore at the address below. Hours and contact information for the bookstore can be found here.

When returning rented textbooks by mail be sure to address all packages to “Pioneer Bookstore” and include your name and contact information inside the package.

The full shipping address is listed below:

Pioneer Bookstore
25976 Carlos Bee Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94542

The free textbook program does not include course supplies such as art materials or lab equipment. If an item is not available from the bookstore, such as specialized third party software or video simulations, contact your professor for help.

For most general software needs, students can visit the Learning Commons at https://library-commons

The Pioneer Bookstore is working with Accessibility Services to provide students with alternative media. Students can find more information about requesting alternative media on the Accessibility Services website at this link: https://www.csueastbay.edu/accessibility/students/new-students/index.html

If you prefer to own your rented textbooks, please contact the Pioneer Bookstore to convert your rental to a purchase. The deadline to convert a rental book to a purchase is Monday, May 17, 2021 for the Spring 2021 semester.

The value of this voucher for book and instructional materials will be posted on your financial aid award package.

Please note: The free textbook program for freshmen cannot be combined with any other offer such as the $500 Pioneer Bookstore student financial account. Ask Bookstore for details.