Providing Students Digital Course Materials on Day One

St. Lawrence University's Day One Digital program provides students with available digital course materials and courseware AUTOMATICALLY on the first day of class. Day One Digital converts physical course materials into accessible, interactive, and adaptive digital content, while reducing the cost to students. No waiting for a paper book. No special trips to the bookstore to buy an access code. We charge your course materials to your student account after the Add/Drop Date.  

Please Note: Many, but not all materials are available digitally as part of this program. Those not offered will need to be purchased separately. Students will receive an email prior to the beginning of the semester to let them know which materials are included.

General Info

Day One Digital offers:

Immediate access to critical learning resources through Canvas, or digital access codes on the first day of class
Robust, interactive digital content that improves student success
Reduced costs to the students compared to current print/digital options
Increased student engagement
No hassle with paper access codes

How does Day One Digital work?

During the adoption period, the bookstore identifies which classes are eligible
Brewer Bookstore and VitalSource coordinate digital course materials setup and cost savings with publishers.
Faculty receive instructions to link Canvas to digital course materials.
Brewer Bookstore facilitates communication about Day One Digital to students via emails, in-store, and online postings.
The Brewer Bookstore and Student Financial Services work together to list Day One Digital charges on student bills, along with tuition and fees.
Students log in to Canvas and have immediate access to their digital course materials on the first day of class.

Benefits of Day One Digital:

Students get access to digital class materials the first day of class, avoiding hassles with shipping, stock, etc.
Students get course materials at a highly reduced rate.
Students pay for class materials the same way they pay for tuition and fees, which allows them to use scholarships and other financial aid to cover the costs (this especially benefits veterans, student-athletes, and other sponsored students).


What is Day One Digital?

The Day One Digital program at St. Lawrence University is part of a national Inclusive Access model in which publishers and higher education institutions provide timely course materials to all students at the lowest possible price. All students in a Day One Digital class pay for and receive digital content, which lowers costs for everyone. Students are billed an electronic course materials fee along with their usual tuition and course fees. 

What is an Interactive or Adaptive Learning Platform (courseware)?

Interactive Learning Platforms, also called ILPs or courseware, are much more than just eBooks. They are interactive software platforms developed to provide an enhanced learning experience beyond reading the text. They may include video and audio presentations, animations, adaptive quizzes, and homework sets. Courseware can also include various levels of instructor customization, peer-to-peer note sharing, flash cards, eBook searchability and other study aids. 

How much does Day One Digital cost?

Day One Digital prices vary depending on the course materials chosen by the instructor, and whether the material includes courseware or ILP, but most Day One Digital prices are significantly lower than both the physical copy price and publishers' listed prices.

How will I get my access code?  

You will access most books via Canvas without needing an access code, but if your material uses a code, you will receive it via email or from your professor. 

How do I pay for Day One Digital?

When you register for a Day One Digital class, you will see an “electronic course materials” charge on your student bill in your SLU portal. When you have a Day One Digital material, there will be nothing tangible to purchase from the Brewer Bookstore. You will have access to your digital course materials via Canvas from the first day of class. If you prefer to use physical materials, you can opt-out of Day One Digital by the add/drop date to be refunded the electronic course materials charge. You will then be responsible for sourcing your own physical materials.

NOTE: If you do not opt-out by the add/drop date, you will not get a refund. No exceptions!

What does it mean to opt out?  How do I opt out?

If you do not want to receive digital course material through this Day One Digital model, you can opt-out and receive a refund. Don’t wait! Opt-outs are only accepted within two weeks of the start of the semester. Access to the digital course material will be revoked at the time you opt out and you will be responsible to find the required course material by other means. The Brewer Bookstore will have limited physical stock for Day One Digital classes. The opt-out procedure will be outlined in an email sent at the beginning of the semester.  

NOTE: If you do not opt-out by the add/drop date, you will not get a refund. No exceptions!

I opted out by mistake and realized that I still need my access. Can I opt back in?

Yes. Simply click on the link you used to opt out and you can opt back in. If that doesn't work you can email the bookstore team at to request that your access be reinstated. Please give your full name, Student ID, class and section number you are enrolled in when you email. 

I did not opt out, but I did not register my access or use the online platform. Will I still be billed?

Yes. All students who are enrolled in a course using Day One Digital are automatically considered part of the program. To avoid being billed, you must opt out before the deadline.

I dropped the course. Do I still need to opt out?

Students who drop the course before the beginning of the semester will automatically be opted out and will not be billed. Students who drop after the add/drop deadline will be billed. 

What if I drop the course? Can I still get a full refund?

If you drop your course prior to paying your tuition and fees, you will not be charged for the Day One Digital course fee. If you drop the course within the 100% withdrawal period, you will receive a full refund.

I forgot to opt out and missed the deadline. Can I get a refund now?

Unfortunately, no. You must opt out within the add/drop deadline, or up to two weeks from the first day of classes, to receive any refund.

I am waitlisted for the course. Will I still have access to the digital course material and do I need to opt out if I don't get into the course?

Only enrolled students have access to the content on day one of class. If you are on the waitlist for a class, you will not have access to the materials until you are officially enrolled in the class.

Who should I contact if I am having trouble with access to the online content?

First, try the online help desk of the publisher for your course’s content or talk with your professor. If you cannot find who your publisher is, or if you are unable to get a resolution from the publisher, please email the bookstore at for further assistance.

Faculty Information

I'm a professor and want to know more about the Day One Digital program. Who do I contact?

When textbook and course material adoptions open for the upcoming semester, please check your email for additional information on Day One Digital. You can also email for guidance. Please note that Day One Digital adoptions must be submitted by the term's adoption deadline, or you may not be able to participate in the program. All adoptions, Day One Digital or otherwise, must be submitted through the Brewer Bookstore, in accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act.

Please note that any adoptions submitted past the adoption deadlines will be subject to approval on a case-by-case basis, in the order they were received and based on the workload of the bookstore team. All Day One Digital charges must be approved by SFS and added before registration begins.

If you have missed your adoption deadline, please email or call the Bookstore Course Materials Department at 315-229-5832 to get started. We will help you review your current adoption and partner with our publisher contacts to determine availability and pricing.