Shark Bundle

Shark Bundle

Affordable and convenient access to required textbooks and course materials for students is why HPU and Barnes & Noble launched the Shark Bundle rental program. Students will pay $25.75 per credit hour* to get all required textbooks, lab manuals, access codes, and electronic book versions before the first day of your term's classes. The average student is estimated to save as much as $300 on textbooks for a semester.



How it works


Register for Classes

Upon registering for courses, students will be automatically enrolled into the program. Once you’ve successfully selected your courses, the bookstore will start preparing your order. If you prefer to get your course materials another way directions to opt-out of the program are in the FAQs below.  The deadline to opt out of the Summer 2023 term ended on 5/26/23 and is no longer available.    


Verify Your Order
Starting 30 days before the first day of classes, you will receive an email to verify your order and select your fulfillment preference.  You'll want to make your selection at least 2 weeks before the term begins to get your Bundle by the first day of class.  


Receive Your Textbooks
An email notification will be sent when your order is ready for pickup or when it ships. Your digital materials will be delivered for your course(s) via Blackboard on the first day of the term.

Questions about Shark Bundle?
Call 808-544-0290
Order printed materials
Deadline to opt out of all Summer Terms was 5/26/23 and no longer available for Summer.


*The per credit hour fee will not be assessed for excluded courses and programs, see complete lisitng in FAQs. Required supplies are not included in the program. Courses in the Kamehameha Schools and Honoka‘a High School dual-enrollment programs will be excluded, as those students will have their books provided to them.


Shark Bundle is a model that lowers the cost of materials for HPU students and ensures students have access to all of their required course materials on or before the first day of class. Through this new program, physical books will be conveniently packaged and provided to students on a rental basis, and digital materials will be delivered directly within Blackboard. Costs will be applied as a course charge. At the end of the term, students will receive email reminders to return their physical course materials to the bookstore.

  1. Register for your classes and you are automatically enrolled in the Shark Bundle for all applicable courses. The bookstore will start preparing your course materials.

  2. One month before classes start, you will receive an email instructing you to select your delivery preference (in-store pickup or shipped directly to you).  You must follow the directions to get your printed materials.

  3.  An email notification will be sent when your order is ready for pickup or when it ships

  4. Your digital materials will be delivered for your course(s) within Blackboard on the first day of the term.

The program provides all required textbooks, lab manuals, access codes and digital textbook versions to eligible students.

The program does not include consumables that cannot be returned and reused such as lab goggles, dissection kits, molecular model kits, engineering kits, art kits or nursing kits and uniforms.

Other excluded courses include: Kamehameha Schools and Honokaʻa dual-enrollment programs, Military Science, Aerospace Science, Natural Science, DPT, OTD, Student Exchange, Nursing Labs, Writing Labs, First Year Seminar, CNCS Practicum, DPT courses, Courseshare classes, Musical Instruments & Singing, and Theatre Production.  You will not be assessed the Shark Bundle fee for these courses.

All eligible students will be automatically enrolled in the Shark Bundle program.

Students have the option to opt-out of this program within the first 3 weeks of the Semester.  Deadline to opt-out for any of the Summer terms was Friday, 5/26/23 and is no longer available for Summer terms.  Opt out link for Fall will go live approximately 8/7/23.

Ch. 31 or VR&E students will need to get approval from their counselor before opting out.  Please have your counselor email their approval to  Same deadlines apply. 

Once you opt out, you can still purchase your course materials from the bookstore either in-store or via the bookstore website at  When shopping online make sure to select the opt-out term when finding your books.  The opt out term should be on our website around one month prior to the start of the term.

Students who opt-out of the program will be responsible for acquiring their required course materials.  They can do so at the Bookstore's website by choosing their "opt-out" term when finding their books.

The Shark Bundle is not a fee reported to the VA for students using Post 9/11 education benefits.  The VA pays Post 9/11 students a book & supply stipend up to $41.67 per credit, not to exceed $1,000 per year for students eligible for the 100% rate.

The deadline to return all rental textbooks is the last day of finals. Students will receive email reminders about the rental deadline to their email address.

Yes, the program provides you with the option to purchase textbooks at a reduced rate during the return period.  Details will be emailed to you or you can stop by the Bookstore.

Yes, you will still be required to return continuation course textbooks. You will be issued the same title for the next semester of the continuation course.

Students will receive emails from the bookstore to remind them to verify their order. If the student does not opt-out, their materials will be held at the bookstore and their student account will be charged.

Yes, if the student does not opt-out during the opt-out period, their materials will be held at the bookstore and their student account will be charged.

You may return the book to the bookstore on the same terms and timelines currently in place. If you drop a class and enroll in a different class, the bookstore will “swap” the required textbooks/codes so that you have what you need.  Please allow about 48 hours for your new schedule to feed into the Bookstore's system.

3 Easy Steps to access your eBook:
1. Log into your course
2. Select the Shark Bundle Link
3. Begin accessing your materials.

To Access Your Courseware From within Blackboard:
1. For MyLab products, click on the Shark Bundle link within your course then reveal your code.  Copy the code and then go back to the left navigation bar to click on the publisher-specific link.  Paste your code in the appropriate area to access your courseware and eBook.

2.  For other courseware products, click on the publisher specific link to access your courseware or follow instructions provided by your professor.

Troubleshooting Tips:
Please use the following steps if you are experiencing trouble getting into your course.

1. Popup Blockers:  Popup blockers must be turned off within your browser.

2. Delete cached files:

3. Enable cookies:

4. If you are experience problems accessing your ebook through Blackboard can access their ebook by logging into

5. Confirm that your device, operating system and browser are supported, listing below:

•Mac | OS 10.13.6 | Chrome v83 or Firefox v68
•Windows | OS Windows 10 | Chrome v84, Firefox v78, or Edge v84
•Android Mobile | OS v9 (Version 9) | Chrome v83
•Android Tab | OS Galaxy Tab S4 (Android Version 8.1) | Chrome v84
•iPhone 6s Plus | OS Version 13.1 | Safari v13
•Apple Tab or iPad Pro (gen2) 11" | IOS 13.5.1 | Safari v13

Please contact your bookstore team at 808-544-0290 or if you have any questions regarding your course materials.

 Please go to for support with digital materials.