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Important Textbook Info


Why should I buy my textbooks from the UVM Bookstore?

The UVM Bookstore has what you need to help you succeed! Our textbook department works with your instructors to stock the right new, used, rental, and digital books for your classes – guaranteed. When you purchase your books through the Bookstore, you’re also investing in your community. Every purchase you make at the Bookstore circulates money back into the UVM and Burlington communities to support students, faculty, staff, and campus initiatives.

How do I get my textbooks?

Be a Cool Cat, Order Early!

When you order your textbooks before August 23rd you automatically earn the status of “Cool Cat” and are entered into a drawing to win a $250 gift card to the UVM Bookstore. Ordering early is the easiest way to get the titles you need and at the best prices. Using your online course list place your order and we pull, pack, and ship your textbooks to either your dorm or to your home address (it’s that easy)!

Shipping

Ordering online is the safest and quickest way to get your course materials. When you place your order online and select DELIVER TO YOUR DORM:
  • We send your online textbook order(s) to your dorm’s mailroom for convenient pick up at no additional cost to you!
  • Enter the name of your dorm and room number for your shipping address. If you need help finding your dorm's street address, you can get that information here: https://www.uvm.edu/reslife/mailing_address_unit_numbers. After entering your campus address, double check to make sure you have selected Deliver Textbooks to Dorm as your shipping method.
When you select TEXTBOOKS TO BE SHIPPED we mail your textbooks to your home address so you can start the semester off right!
  • Pro-tip: Cool Cats from out-of-state order early to ensure they are home when their textbooks arrive before they head to campus.

After you arrive on campus

To ensure the safety of students and staff, we encourage you to order your course materials online and have them sent to the location that works best for you because the textbook area of the Bookstore is closed to the public. In the event that you are unable to place an online order and still need course materials please note: store occupancy restrictions may cause significant delays. Staff will be available to help students get their course materials, but it will be one person at a time. Please plan accordingly and as always, your patience is greatly appreciated.

When is the best time to order my books?

When deciding how early to order your books there are a few things to keep in mind. Textbook orders are processed in the order in which they are received. Our used books are first come, first served so if getting used books is important to you, it is better to place your order as early as possible to have the best chance of receiving them.

What if the books for my courses aren’t listed on the Bookstore website?

We are still receiving book requisitions from instructors and will continue to add titles to our website as they become available. If you don’t see the title you are looking for listed, keep checking back. If your instructor hasn’t decided what course materials they are going to use yet, or has not asked the Bookstore to carry the textbooks required for your class, the books will not be available on the Bookstore website.

Who determines what books are needed for my classes?

Your instructors choose the specific books and editions that will be used for your classes. Encouraging your instructors to re-use the same books or older editions next semester helps keep textbook prices down.

What are the different recommendation codes and what do they mean on my course list?

  • Required: Required means that the material is essential to be successful in the course.
  • Pick One: There are often various formats of the required material. You only need to choose one format.
  • Recommended/Optional: If your instructor designates a material as Recommended or Optional, it is not essential to be successful in the course, but will be a supplemental resource for the course.

What are the different types of course materials the Bookstore offers?

  • Hardcover: A book bound with a rigid protective cover.
  • Loose-leaf: A collection of loose pages that are typically three hole punched and are best organized in a binder.
  • Access Code: A printed one-time code that gives you access to all online course content and, in some cases, a digital version of the textbook.
  • eBook: A digitally rented book that gives you instant access and is good for one semester.
  • Course Packets: A custom printed packet for your course that can only be found at the UVM Bookstore.
  • New: A never before read book that is looking for a good home.
  • Used: A pre-read book that is available for purchase at a reduced price.