Textbook Department Information

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


 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.


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.

Rentals are only good for one term. 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.

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. 

If a book is not returned at the end of term, or it is severely damaged, a non-return fee will be charged to the credit card on file. 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.

Reasonable amounts of highlighting and note-taking in rental textbooks are allowed, and are not considered damage. Textbooks that are severely damaged (torn or missing pages; any liquid or food stains) or incomplete (missing an included CD, for example) will not be accepted back as rentals, and you will be charged the non-return fee; the book will be yours to keep.

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 Fall Semester 2018 (last day for refunds): Thursday, September 6th, 2018
  • 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.)