The VandalStore leverages its buying power to pass the savings on to you. We offer a complete catalogue of new, used, and out-of-print books, all from our Moscow campus. The VandalStore is your one-stop-shop for textbooks.
These textbook formats are available in-store and online here.
- New and used print textbooks
- New and used rental textbooks
- Digitally licensed and E-Book textbooks
Used textbooks might have notes and highlighted text from previous owners. If this doesn’t bother you, used books are the affordable way to go. If you prefer the look and feel of a brand-new book, buy new!
Many textbooks are available to rent on a semester basis at a more affordable price than a new textbook. However, if rental books are not returned by their due date, replacement fees and penalties will often exceed the cost of a new text book.
Yes and no. Rental textbooks can only be rented for a single semester, but you can return and re-rent your book. Be sure to compare the cost to purchase a book against the cost of renting one for more than one semester. The VandalStore’s friendly staff can help you make the price comparison.
Towards the end of each semester, the VandalStore may buy eligible textbooks back from you. Books are valued by their projected demand and condition, meaning it’s possible to make up the difference between purchase and rental prices, and in some cases, even exceed it. Several organizations besides the VandalStore also purchase textbooks in this fashion at the end of the semester.
Digital licenses and E-books can be purchased online or in-store. If purchased online, access to the book is emailed to you. Instore E-book purchases come with instructions and access codes to your book that are listed on the receipt.
E-books are usually purchased and downloaded, at which point they belong to you. A digital license grants you access to course materials for a limited time-period, which is usually 180 days. Lifetime licenses are also available, but availability is less common.
Inclusive Access (IA) books are a relatively new method of providing course materials to students which is gaining in popularity at many Universities. IA materials are provided to you through Canvas by your professor and charged to your Student Account as part of your tuition
You can opt out of IA books by following the Inclusive Access link provided in your Canvas course. Simply uncheck the “I am opted-in” box to opt-out. Please not that IA refunds are not processed until after the deadline to add/drop courses. Questions about charges and refunds relating to IA books should be emailed to: [email protected]
If you are using Student Financial Aid (SFA) for textbooks, the easiest way to shop for them is in-person. Textbook orders using SFA can be placed online for a limited period at the start of the semester. Your financial aid advisor can provide instructions for placing your order online, or you can email us at [email protected] for assistance. Regardless of how you shop for your books, all SFA transactions are processed in-store at our front registers.
The process of purchasing textbooks for student athletes is almost identical to purchasing textbooks with Student Financial Aid as mentioned above. Athletes can shop for books in-person or place an order online during a limited period at the start of the semester. The Athletic Department can provide instructions to athletes for online orders. All student athlete textbook purchases must be processed in-store at our front registers.
If the Athletic Department provides aid for your textbooks, then you do not own the textbooks. Student athletes must return their books to the Athletic Department at the end of the semester.
Reach out to your athletic advisor for assistance. If the department approves, you should be able to keep the book for as long as you need it for classes.
Student athletes are welcome to pay for their own books if they intend to keep them. Any books purchased with Athletic aid must be returned to the Athletic Department.
Textbooks can be returned for a full price exchange until the 10th day of the semester. After the 10th, you can sell your books at the BuyBack program. Always hold on to your receipt for returns, buy backs, and to make it easier for the VandalStore to answer any questions you might have.