Textbook FAQ

Textbook Department Information

If your question is not answered below, please contact us at bookstore@stlawu.edu or 315-229-5460 during store hours

Textbook Buyback - Spring 2020 (COVID-19 Solution)

Virtual Buyback

Please visit nebook.com/virtualsellback to see if your books are eligible for buyback. On the site, you can search the book ISBN(s) you want to sell back and create a transaction. You will receive a quote(s) and be provided a complimentary, printable shipping label.

Students will receive a check for their book(s) within two to three weeks of their shipment being checked in at the warehouse.

NOTE: Rental texts are still due by May 15th. Please send rented texts back to the bookstore: 92 Park St, Canton, NY 13617. We recommend sending textbooks via USPS, using the designated Media Mail option. 

 Purchasing & Renting Textbooks

Textbooks become available approximately 2 weeks prior to the opening of classes. We recommend that you wait until that time, particularly if you wish to rent or purchase used books. 

NOTE: While most books are available at the Bookstore throughout the semester, some titles must be returned to the publishers prior to semester end. ALL texts needed should be purchased prior to the mid-semester break.

To Purchase Online

Once you have your course schedule, you can visit the TEXTBOOK LOOKUP section of our website at http://brewerbookstore.com/college; there, you’ll enter your courses into our textbook finder to get a list of all books (and their prices) required for class. 

Payment can be made by credit/debit card. For students who rent books, the credit/debit card information will be kept on file as collateral in case of damage/non-return of the rented books.

All online textbook orders are held for in-store pickup at the second floor Textbook Service Counter in the Bookstore. Students should have their ID when picking up their textbook order. 

Parents: If purchasing books for your student, be sure to use the student name as the “ship-to” name on your order, to avoid confusion at pick-up time.

The first time you place an order with us you will be prompted to create an account at checkout, which you can then use for subsequent orders.

To Purchase In Store

Our Textbook Service Counter is located on the second floor of the Brewer Bookstore.  Be sure to bring a copy of your course schedule that includes each course department, number, and section (For example, AAH-116-01). For fastest service, jot these numbers down on a scrap of paper to hand to a clerk at the counter. 

Clerks will pull the titles required for each course (used books, if available) and bag them for you to purchase downstairs at the first floor checkout. 

Payment can be made by cash, check, credit/debit card, Brewer Bookstore gift certificate, and CWA (Community Wide Account). Students who rent books must provide a credit/debit card at the point of sale as collateral in case of damage/non-return of the rented books.

Additional information about Rental Textbooks

Select textbooks can be rented for the duration of the semester; you pay a lower price upfront, and check in the book at the end of term. 

How will you know if a book is available for rent? In addition to “new” and “used” options, rental books will have “rent new” and/or “rent used” formats listed; if there are no “rent” options, then the book is available for purchase only.

Length of rental: Rentals are valid for one term only. If you need a book for multiple terms, it is likely more cost effective to purchase the book outright. Books that could be rented one semester may not be available for rental the next.

Collateral: Students who rent books must provide a credit/debit card at the point of sale (either online or in the store) as collateral in case of damage/non-return of the rented books; this card will be charged in the event the rental book is not returned or is in non-salable condition.

What is considered "salable condition?" Rental books should be returned with the cover, spine, and all pages intact, completely free of liquid or food stains, and accompanied by any supplemental materials (CD, etc.) Reasonable amounts of highlighting and note-taking in rental textbooks are allowed, and are not considered damage.

Checking in rentals: Rental books are due at the end of each term, and are accepted back starting the first day of finals.

Late fees: Rentals may still be returned within one week of the return deadline, but will be assessed a late fee equal to 50% of the retail selling price of the book (new or used, depending on the original rented condition).

Failure to return a rental: A non-return fee and a late fee will be charged to the credit card on file for any books not returned within one week of the deadline. The non-return fee is the retail new or used price of the book (depending on the original rented condition) minus the already paid rental fee. The late fee is equal to 50% of the retail (new or used) selling price of the book. 

Converting a rental to a purchase: Rentals may be converted to purchases anytime during the semester by paying the difference between the rental fee and the retail price of the book. If you know that you will be keeping the book beyond the end of the semester, or have damaged or lost your book, you should make the conversion before the rental return deadline to avoid paying an additional late fee. Please visit the textbook department to inquire about purchasing your rental.

Please see the Textbook Rental Agreement for complete terms and conditions of the program.

Textbook Refunds

All textbooks purchased or rented can be fully refunded or exchanged under the following conditions:

  • The textbook is brought back before the final day to Drop or Add classes in the current semester. 
    • Add/Drop Date for Spring Semester 2020 (last day for refunds): Thursday, January 23rd, 2020
  • The product is in its original purchased condition; if bought new, there should be no damage or writing, with shrinkwrap intact if originally present. 
  • The customer has a valid register or online order receipt. 

To return textbooks, bring your books and receipt to the Textbook Service Desk on the second floor of the Bookstore; a clerk there will authorize your return.  All refunds will be made in the original form of payment.

NOTE: There are NO refunds on textbooks purchased after the add/drop date. Exceptions for late course drops may be made, but do REQUIRE a copy of your drop form and must be accompanied by a receipt.

Tips for Selling Used Textbooks

Beginning each Monday of finals week, the Textbook Service Counter on the second floor is where we purchase back used textbooks. No receipt is necessary, and the refund is in cash.

At Buyback Time!

  • Don't leave your books unattended.
  • Make sure your books are identifiable as belonging to you.
  • Immediately report missing books to the Bookstore.
  • Don't sell books back for others.
  • Report when you witness someone taking someone else's book.

A Few Notes

The buyback price is up to 50% of the NEW textbook purchase price. The price is based on demand. Books that will be re-used the next semester will generally sell for 50% of the NEW price, while outdated books may not be accepted for buyback at all. 

Textbooks that are severely damaged (torn or missing pages; any liquid or food stains) or incomplete (missing an included CD, for example) are not accepted for buyback. 

What You Can Do To Maximize Your Buyback

Sell Early - there is a limit to the number of books that we pay 50% for based on the quantity needed for the upcoming semester. Once we hit that limit, the price drops since those copies will be sent off campus.

Don't Wait - generally the best time to sell back your book is at the end of the semester that you took the class. With an ever-increasing cycle of new editions, books have become a very perishable commodity.

Do Wait - some classes are taught either every fall or every spring, the best time to sell back a book for a class that is taught every fall is actually at the end of the spring semester since that is when we are purchasing books for the fall and vice versa. The danger in this is that the book might come out in a new edition while you wait.

Ultimately, buyback is based on supply and demand; we are able to pay higher prices for books in higher demand (used on our campus, and/or at many other campuses across the country), and low (or no) prices for books not in demand (old editions, books where the primary component is a one-time-use access code, books that we already have sufficient stock of, etc.)