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The University Store strives to make getting the textbooks and course materials you need easy. We work directly with OSU faculty members so when you get your books from the University Store you know you are getting exactly what you need to be successful in your classes. We also understand that course materials can be a substantial expense and we are committed to doing our part with regards to textbook affordability. The University Store has always worked to offer as many used books as possible, which can save students approximately 25% over the cost of new book. In recent years, we have expanded our efforts to include a textbook rental program, which saves students on average about 30%. But our greatest strides have been in an all-digital, inclusive access program, also commonly referred to as direct bill, which saves students up to 65% over the cost of a traditional textbook.

So when should you buy your books?

Students can begin purchasing textbooks for the fall semester on Monday, August 3. The University Store will email all new students on that day with a link to their personalized textbook list on our website, There you can see if your books are available new, used or digital, to buy or rent, and which books are required or optional. From that link, ordering your textbooks is easy, plus you can have them delivered directly to your dorm for a minimal shipping fee or choose our fast, free and convenient in-store pickup option.

If you drop a class or need to return a book, don’t worry.  

You can return any book you don’t end up needing within the first 10 days of the semester for a full refund as long as you have your receipt. Therefore, we recommend you not write in or unwrap any book until you are sure you will be keeping it for the semester, just in case you need to return it. For the fall 2020 semester that means the last day for textbook refunds will be Friday, August 28.