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Blackboard Access Codes

What is an access code, and do I need one?

An access code is a special code that allows you to access content within your Blackboard courses that was created by the publisher of your textbook. If your instructor has chosen to use these materials in his or her Blackboard course, you will need an access code. If your instructor has chosen not to use these materials, you will not need an access code.

How will I know if I need an access code or not?

You will know once you log into your Blackboard course and start clicking around. If Blackboard asks you to enter your access code once you click on content created by the textbook publisher, you, obviously, will need one. If Blackboard does not ask you for an access code, you will not need one.

Do access codes have anything to do with my username and password?

No. Go to Blackboard Login Procedures for information on your username and password.

Where can I purchase an access code?

You can purchase one in person at the LPC bookstore or online at the LPC bookstore web site. Remember that any purchases online require a credit card.

Publishers typically bundle the access code along with the new textbook for student purchase. If you purchase a used textbook, you must also purchase an access code separately.

When should I purchase an access code?

That depends on your method of purchase. If you buy the access code from the LPC bookstore web site, you might want to buy one a week or so before the first day of class. That's because it might take several days for the access code to arrive at your home via traditional mail.

If you come to campus to buy your access code at the LPC bookstore, you should do this no later than the first day of class.

How much does an access code cost?

Costs vary depending on the textbook publisher. They can range from $8 to $25.

Do I have to use an access code more than once?

No. In fact, you can only use it once -- the first time you log into your course.

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