RedShelf was founded with a lofty objective: to improve education through product innovation


Our Mission

We believe every student has the right to an affordable, accessible reading experience. We develop through an iterative process mind mapping ideas to find opportunities and improvements, creating innovative products. Students work in a fast-paced environment and can’t be bothered with distractions. We keep our products simple and beautiful, fun and functional. 

Our Story


Timeline First Ereader
August 2011

We built and launched first version of the eReader

January 2012

Our company officially launched as VirDocs Software

Timeline Virdocs Logo
Timeline First Tradeshow
March 2012

We exhibited at our first industry tradeshow – CAMEX!

March 2013

We moved into our first official office

Timeline Moved To First Office
Timeline Rename To Redshelf
June 2013

We officially changed our name from VirDocs to RedShelf

July 2013

We launched our Bookstore product allowing us to better serve our campus partners

Timeline Launched Bookstore
Timeline Round B Funding
January 2015

Received our Series A funding, led by the National Association of College Stores (NACS)

January 2016

Launched RedShelf Inclusive with our first partner

Timeline Inclusive Launch
Timeline Series A Funding
August 2016

Received our Series B round of funding

December 2016

We've partnered with more than 500 schools

Timeline Partnered With Schools
Timeline New Office
April 2017

Moved to a new office in Chicago’s River North neighborhood to accommodate our growing team!

November 2017

RedShelf hosts First Annual Inclusive Access Conference at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center

Timeline Hosts Iac Conference

More to come as our story continues…