K-12 Textbook Collections

Other Useful Guides

Materials Retrieval 
Use this guide to request items from the Library Storage Facility

Resources for Children's and Young Adult Literature

Use this guide to find youth materials to compliment curriculum and lesson planning.

State Adopted Textbook Lists

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) approves textbooks to be used in elementary and secondary education classes. Textbooks are usually adopted for 5 to 8 years and then replaced by a new adoption list for that subject.

Digitized Adoption Lists

Textbook adoption records for the state of Texas are now available online in digital format, starting with 1929. To find them, go to the UT digital repository.

Additionally, recent textbook adoption lists can be accessed through the Texas Education Agency's website.

Textbook Adoption Lists In Print

Textbook adoption lists from 1922 to 2002 are available in print at the Perry Castaneda Library.

Lists from 1922 to 1927 have Dewey Decimal call numbers, beginning at: 370.6 T31B

Lists from 1929 to 2002 have Library of Congress call numbers, beginning at: LB 3047.5 T4 L578

Our Collections

Textbook collection is currently housed in two separate locations. While most of the historic collection (pre 1970s) is still in the Library Storage Facility (LSF), parts of the collection are currently being migrated back to the Perry Castaneda Library (PCL). These materials, along with current textbooks, can be found in the Textbook and Curriculum collection, which is now shelved on the sixth floor in section 6S.

The Textbook Collection primarily consists of: 

  • State-adopted textbooks (textbooks that have been approved by the Texas Education Agency to use in elementary and secondary education classes). 
  • A large historic textbook collection, founded in 1938 by Joseph Lindsey Henderson, including rare textbooks dating from the 1750s through the 1800s
  • Textbooks used in Texas since 1898
  • A large collection of American textbooks from the 1800s to the 1960s.

Locating Textbooks


textbook sample search

1. Start at the library catalog

2. Choose your search type (keyword, title, author, etc) and enter your search terms in the search box

3. If you'd like to see only books located at the PCL, after you type your keyword search terms, also type the words "PCL Textbook Collection"

4. From the drop-down location menu, select "K-12 Textbooks & Curriculum"

6. If the book you're searching for has a generic name (i.e. "American Government"), it may also help to fill in the publisher or publication date fields

7. Click the "go" button at the bottom!

If you still need help, watch this tutorial.

Subject Librarian

Janelle Hedstrom

Janelle Hedstrom 
Education Librarian

Email: EdLibrarian@lib.utexas.edu

Meet: Request a consultation (available in person or via Adobe Connect)

Online Textbook Resources


Books published before 1923 are no longer protected by copyright and may be available for free through Google. Search the Google Books website to find these materials

California Open Source Textbook Project

The California Open Source Textbook Project, formed in 2001, is dedicated to providing high quality, low cost, open source textbooks as an alternative to traditionally published materials.

Open Educational Resources Commons

Open Educational Resources Commons (OER Commons) is an online collection of open source textbooks. OER Commons allows you to limit your search to just K-12 materials.