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About Textbooks

The University Store is your official resource for course materials.  We offer textbooks through our new online bookstore.  The University Store WILL NOT have textbooks available for purchase in-store, but you can place orders through the online bookstore at any time during the semester.  Orders with in-stock items will ship within 24 hours of placement.  When you use the online bookstore you can:

  1. Search for required course materials by course number: Never second-guess if you're getting the right textbooks!  The online bookstore pulls textbook information directly from the information provided by your professors.
  2. Choose the textbook type that works for you: You'll see new, used, and ebook (if available) options.
  3. Shop around for the best price: The online bookstore marketplace will show you the University Store's price, along with the prices and expected delivery dates of your textbooks from applicable vendors like Amazon,, and more.
  4. See your guaranteed buyback price: When you buy your textbooks from the University Store, you're guaranteed to get a certain amount back if you choose to resell at the end of the semester.
  5. Choose your preferred delivery method: You can choose to have you books delivered to you, or pick them up at the University Store when you arrive on campus.  All orders containing in-stock items will be shipped to you or the store within 24 hours of placement.

Stress-free book buying begins HERE.


Course Packets
Course Packets are published and printed at Carnegie Mellon University for the express use of Carnegie Mellon students.  Due to their custom nature, they are only available for sale at the University Store, and are non-returnable.  You can visit the lower level of the University Store to buy course packets.
Textbook Returns

Return Policy

We want to make your returns and refunds as easy and fast as possible. Our return policies vary by item ordered so please review below. Here are some general details:

  • Print textbooks/course materials purchased directly from the online bookstore must be returned within 2 weeks after class start date or within 21 days of date shipped, whichever is later.
  • Non-activated eBooks, digital content, and access codes can be returned within 14 days after class start date or within 14 days of purchase, whichever is later.
  • NOTE: Digital content such as access codes, eBooks, etc. are non-returnable once accessed, activated, downloaded, or revealed. No exceptions.
  • Apple iBooks are not eligible for a return or refund at any time. All sales are final.
  • Rental books must be returned for refund within 14 days of purchase.
  • Marketplace items must be returned within 30 days of purchase.
  • New course materials must be returned in new, unopened condition in order to receive a full refund.
  • All components of a packaged item must be returned together, unopened, and in the original shrink-wrap to receive credit. All components of an item must come back in the same shipment to receive credit.
  • Loose-leaf items must be in the original shrink-wrap.
  • CDs, DVDs, software, access codes, study guides, Info Trac pass codes (internet pass codes included with your textbook) and other supplemental components originally included with a book or sold alone must be intact, in the original packaging or it will be non-refundable.
  • Books damaged in shipping may not be eligible for full refund.
  • Original shipping costs are non-refundable and we do not pay for shipping on returns. However, for your convenience, we do offer the option of pre-paid UPS shipping. Please look for this option during the return checkout process. Pre-paid shipping costs are based on weight and location.


Learn more about the online bookstore’s Return Procedures under the “Returns and Refunds” tab.


Textbook Buyback
We work with our textbook provider to offer buyback to students at the end of each semester.  When you purchase your textbooks through the University Store, you'll receive a guaranteed buyback quote.  Look up what your textbooks are worth with Textbook Buyback.
Contact Us
If you have trouble accessing the textbook site, please contact us by email or at 412-268-5591.  

Supporting the Campus Community
The Carnegie Mellon University Store exists to serve its students.  We strive to provide the most accurate information based on faculty-adopted textbook information, share multiple buying options, and help students make the best purchasing decisions.  Every time you purchase your supplies from the University Store, your money is directly benefiting our community.  Thank-you for your continued support!


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