Textbook Info

The University Bookstore is committed to providing students with the best possible balance of textbook price and convenience.

How can I save money on textbooks?
Can I be sure my textbook will be available through the bookstore?
How do I know I am purchasing at the best price when I buy my textbooks at the bookstore?
Does the Bookstore buy-back used textbooks?
How does the Bookstore determine the price at which they buy-back used textbooks?

How can I save money on textbooks?

You can save money on textbooks in several ways:

  • Textbook Rentals - selected textbooks rent on average for less than 50% of their original price.  Textbooks can be rented at the University Bookstore or online.
  • Online Ordering - is easy and may save students 25% by getting first chance at used books.  Orders can be picked up at the store or may be shipped.
  • eTextbook Ordering - Digital versions of some textbooks are also available for a savings of up to 60%.

Can I be sure my textbook will be available through the bookstore?

The Bookstore is your best, most complete source for textbooks, we have every textbook used in any class on campus.

How do I know I am purchasing at the best price when I buy my textbooks at the bookstore?

Textbook identification numbers, called ISBNs, are available online during course registration to allow students to shop comparatively. In addition, the University Bookstore will match prices offered at local "brick-and-mortar" bookstores upon presentation of proof of lower local pricing.

Does the Bookstore buy-back used textbooks?

Yes, the Bookstore buys back textbooks every day, although the best time to sell your books back is during finals.

How does the Bookstore determine the price at which they buy-back used textbooks?

Buy-back pricing is based on two criteria:

  • The Bookstore will pay you 50% of the selling price if the professor has informed the Bookstore that the book will be used the following term and the Bookstore needs more books to meet the demand.
  • If the Bookstore does not need the book for the following term, we will pay you the latest national pricing.