BGSU is committed to making textbooks as affordable as possible for students and has selected Sidewalk Hero as the University’s software platform for students to order textbooks directly from providers. Hero provides information to faculty to support them in the selection of affordable textbook options and open educational resources for their courses, and gives students price comparisons at a variety of online retailers, plus no-cost options such as borrowing books via OhioLINK.


Textbook ordering is now performed exclusively online through Sidewalk Hero. You can easily compare prices at various retailers and order online.

View your book list and order textbooks online at

  • Simply log-in using your BGSU username and password
  • View your booklist, compare prices at major retailers, and order online!

View your booklist now


Shipping information for students living on campus

Students living on campus can utilize their campus address when ordering course materials.  The student will receive an email from the Package Center when the books arrive.  During the first four (4) weeks of classes, packages can be picked up in the Bowen Thompson Student Union - Room 228.  After that time, packages will be available in the Package Center located in Falcon Outfitters.

Shipping information for off campus students to pick up books on campus

Off campus students wishing to pick up their course materials on campus may do so.  They must use the following format on the ‘ship to’ address to insure delivery.

Student Name
Student’s BGSU Email Address
441 Woodland Circle
Bowling Green, OH  43403


Sidewalk Hero is the software that facilitates the procurement and distribution, i.e., “adoption” of course materials, such as textbooks. Hero is a course materials discovery and adoptions management platform that allows faculty to communicate content requirements, recommendations, and options directly to students.


Faculty members access Hero for each of their courses and indicate 1) whether or not course materials are required, and if so, 2) the required or preferred materials, and 3) student options for acquiring the materials. Students access Hero via their MyBGSU portal and use Hero to compare options and costs, and order materials directly from providers.


*Hero Access Workaround for faculty who do not yet have access to MyBGSU


Faculty Orientation Video
Course Coordinator Orientation


  • Single sign on through the MyBGSU portal
  • Students see price comparison options for ordering or renting course materials from multiple vendors
  • Hero contains information on course materials used in prior terms and is easy for faculty members to select materials for future terms
  • Hero provides a powerful transparency platform which leads to the best materials being used for better student outcomes
  • Hero allows faculty to view which course materials are being used for a subject at participating peer institutions
  • Hero provides faculty members the cost to students for materials they are adopting for their classes
  • Hero provides reporting analytics to show adoption progress for each term at the department level


Hero is the new platform/tool faculty will use to provide information on the textbooks they have selected for their courses. Students in turn can use Hero to research textbook options and make purchases directly from vendors.

Hero is more powerful than BGSUChoose. BGSU will no longer offer textbooks for sale after the 2017 Summer Sessions.

  • Hero allows faculty to search for a textbook by ISBN number, title, author, and other criteria.
  • Hero provides information on available editions, formats (such as eBooks), and rental options from multiple vendors, including textbooks available via OhioLINK and information on Open Textbook Resources that are available for free.
  • Hero provides cost details for each version of the textbook from all vendors.
  • Faculty can identify multiple choices for students including the option to use older editions of textbooks.
  • Hero stores textbook information so that it can be retrieved, duplicated, and modified for future terms.
  • Faculty can post their textbook choices and options for students.
  • Textbook Coordinators can also update Hero on behalf of faculty, academic departments, or academic units.

Textbook adoptions should be posted under both course listings

Adding a link to the course syllabus will provide one option for students, but students won’t have the information until the student has access to the course in Canvas. For students’ maximum benefit and optimal choice, textbook information should be available and accessible to the student at the earliest possible date students are permitted to register for the course.

Each night, new adoptions added to Hero are posted to the class schedule.

Textbooks will be shipped directly from each vendor to students. If students place orders with three different vendors they will pay each vendor separately and textbooks will be shipped directly from each vendor. Any returns are subject to individual vendors’ return policies.

Notes, special instructions (e.g. not required until Week 5) or links to websites or online articles can be linked directly from Hero.

Add demos and help links here with short description of each.

Faculty User Guide – provides an overview of Hero for faculty.

  • Sidewalk Hero was selected by Bowling Green State University as the software to handle the procurement and distribution of course materials. Sidewalk Hero is a course materials discovery and adoptions management platform that is reshaping the way content is managed in higher education. Sidewalk Hero is a platform that allows faculty to communicate content requirements and recommendations directly to students.

  • Consider putting a copy or two on reserve in the Jerome Library for students to use for two hours, 24 hours or 72 hours. In addition to books, the library can put other types of materials on reserve too.

  • Check OhioLINK to see how many copies are available. If there are multiple editions of the textbook you are considering, chances are good that there will be even more copies of a previous edition. Let your students know which older editions are acceptable to use. Not sure how to search the BGSU Libraries Catalog or the OhioLINK Catalog? Learn more...

  • OpenStax is a nonprofit based at Rice University, whose mission is to improve student access to education by making available high quality, peer-reviewed freely available textbooks that are written by paid educators and experts.
  • The Open Textbook Library provides textbooks that have been funded, published and licensed to be freely used, adapted and distributed. These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. The books can be downloaded for no cost or printed at low cost. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society or professional organization.
  • The Teaching Commons brings together high-quality open educational resources from leading colleges and universities. Curated by librarians and their institutions, the Teaching Commons includes open access textbooks, course materials, lesson plans, multimedia and more.
  • Check out our OER LibGuide for information about additional open textbook platforms.
  • ScholarWorks is a digital repository intended to showcase the scholarly and creative works of faculty and students. It also offers an infrastructure to implement open education initiatives, so students save money and you support retention efforts. Flexible tools let you publish open textbooks, course materials and monographs.