Course Materials FAQs
You will have lots of questions about course materials. Everyone does, especially in first year. We have broken down the most commonly asked questions into 6 sections. They are questions about:
7 Tips for Buying Textbooks
- Confirm your course materials (textbooks) from the course syllabus.
- Consider all the options.
- Buy Used when you can.
- Wait to buy your books but don’t wait until the night before your exam.
- Keep your books in good condition until you are sure you will be using them
- Avoid line ups with Click and Collect
- Be ready with your book list
Your professor will be provide a course syllabus outlining what textbooks and/ or required materials you'll need for the course. This material will be available on the course website or provided by the professor.
Does the course require a package available only new or a standalone textbook.
NEW printed textbook.
USED textbook are available for a large number of courses and their prices are 25% to 35% less than NEW.
Digital version or alternative - etext or digital bundles (etext with assessment) these 25% to 35 % less than the print or print/etext package.
Consider if the required materials include a digital component what is the price difference between USED textbook and digital standalone and the new package.
Unless you are a true bibliophile buy used. They are cheaper. As long as the book is on course next semester (providing you haven’t totally trashed it) you can sell a twice used book back for the exact same price as a once used book.
We will always do our best to have a few copies of every book available later in the semester however it costs a lot of money to keep unused books hanging around so we can’t guarantee at 6 o’clock the night before your exam we will have a copy of the textbook in stock. Be reasonable; you have known since the first day of class the exam was coming. It’s your responsibility to be prepared.
Each and every semester we have students who try to return “new” books that have been read, the spine is cracked, they are highlighted, dog-eared, or generally look like they have been dropped in a puddle and run over by a truck.
Once you damage a book it is considered used. We can’t sell it for the new price if it is used and it is unfair to expect other students to bear the cost of your damaged textbooks. See the Campus Store refund policy.
Textbook Refund Deadline:Winter 2018
Last day for Undergrad & Grad Text returns - Friday, January 12th, 2018
Last day for MBA Text returns - Friday January 19th, 2018
Last day for CCE returns is two weeks from the start of the first class.
6. Avoid the line ups with Click and Collect.
Save time in the store during fall rush by ordering your books online. Place an order to be picked up when you arrive on campus in Sept. and we'll have your books ready for you at no extra charge.
It can also save you money Click and Collect orders get pulled first giving you the best chance for used books.
If you are visiting the store in person, the best times to shop for books during this busy time are at 8:30 a.m. and after 7 p.m.
During the day, you may want to consider timing your visit for just before classes let out, to avoid a rush of people. The Campus Store has extended hours at the beginning of each semester.
See Campus Store hours for all locations.
Your best strategy for getting through the textbook buying process quickly is to be prepared by having your book list printed out before you come in the store. The Campus Store has staff on hand to help you find everything on your list and answer any questions you may have.