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Textbooks – Frequently Asked Questions


How can I buy textbooks?

The University Store provides textbooks through our online bookstore. Students can choose to buy books from the online bookstore, or one of the independent buyers listed on the online bookstore. Students can choose new, used, or digital versions of their textbooks. Most books arrive within 4-5 days of order placement. If students need their textbooks by the first day of class, we encourage them to pre-order. Course Packets will still be available for sale at the University Store.

How do I know what textbooks I need?

Students can find information about their course materials through Student Information Online (SIO), or through their class syllabus. The online textbook store will list course materials by course number. If your course number doesn't show up, it could mean your instructor intends to provide your course materials through other means (Canvas, PDFs, course packet, etc)

What’s the best way to save money on textbooks?

Our online bookstore provides students with used and digital copies when available. It will also provide the price of books across many independent sellers to let students make the best choices for their budget. Some books also list a guaranteed buyback price - letting students see how much money they can get back when they sell back their books at the end of the semester. 

Can I resell my textbooks at the end of the semester?

You can sell your books back throughout the semester at our online bookstore.

Can I return textbooks?

Most physical textbooks have a two week return period. Unregistered digital copies and access codes can be returned within 14 days of the start of class. For more details about the Return Policy please visit the online bookstore.

Course Packets are non-returnable.

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