Textbook Information

You will discover a comprehensive selection of required textbooks and support materials, including art, engineering and academic supplies at the CSU Bookstore. For your convenience, here are the answers to many of the most frequently asked questions regarding purchasing textbooks at Colorado State University.

  • Q: Are all bookstores the same?
  • A: The CSU Bookstore in the Lory Student Center is affiliated with Colorado State University. It's revenues are returned to CSU for services, programming and facilities for students. In addition, the CSU Bookstore carries ALL books for ALL CSU classes.
  • Q: How much will my textbooks cost?
  • A: It's not unusual for an introductory text to cost $120 or more. Textbook costs vary from $350/semester to $450/semester or more depending on your major.
  • Q: How can I reduce the cost of my textbooks?
  • A: You save 25% when you buy used books. Use our Textbook Reservations to get the best chance at used books. Another choice for saving money is eBooks. eBooks can save up to 50% of the cost of a new book.
  • Q: How do student accounts work?
  • A: Students can use their student accounts to purchase books and supplies all semester long. $10 minimum is required. Charges are billed on your university statement.
  • Q: How do Textbook Reservations work?
  • A: Bookstore staff will use your student ID to access your upcoming class schedule, pull your books, box them, charge them to your student account, and have them ready for you to pick up when you arrive on campus.

    This is the most convenient way for you to get your books, and the service is free! Fill out the textbook reservation form in-store or online by following the links at the CSU Bookstore.
  • Q: Do I have to reserve my textbooks?
  • A: No. Just bring a copy of your class schedule with you when you purchase your books and someone will gladly help you find them. Fall '09 textbooks go on sale August 3rd; Spring '10 books go on sale December 16, 2009.
  • Q: Where do I pick up my textbooks?
  • A: You can pick up your books in the Lory Student Center Room 228 from Thursday August 21st to Sunday August 24th. Watch your e-mail for details.
  • Q: What is the textbook refund policy?
  • A: Textbooks purchased on or before the 1st Wednesday of class need to be returned by the 1st Saturday of class. See store for additional refund deadlines. Textbooks that are packaged must remain unopened and in original condition. Cash register receipts are always required and course readers are not returnable. Be sure to read the refund policy located on the back of your receipt.
  • Q: Buyback - What's that?
  • A: Buyback is simply cash for books. Students can sell their unneeded books at the end of each semester for cash. This results in more used books for other students the following semester and reduces your overall cost of textbooks. Buyback occurs year-round, but you will receive the best prices during finals week.
  • Q: What are eBooks?
  • A: An eBook is either an online subscription or downloadable version of a textbook. It has the same content as the print version but, it allows you to search, highlight, and take and share notes. For more information or an online demonstration, please visit the CSU Bookstore.
  • Q: Is there a Buyback for eBooks?
  • A: Up front, eBooks save money but there is no buyback value and the subscription usually expires after the class is over. They are returnable, however, within the normal return-period, as long as the code has not been activated. Once activated, eBooks are no longer returnable. You must also have your receipt!