Purchasing Textbooks

How can I purchase my textbooks?

Come into the bookstore with your course schedule and choose the books off the shelves yourself.  The textbook department is set up in alphabetical order by Department, then Course, then Section.

Place an order online using your course schedule.  By placing an order online you will have the option to choose from New, Used, Rental, or Digital (subject to availability).  Orders placed online may also be held here at the bookstore for pick-up free of charge or for a small shipping fee you can have your order shipped to your home. We do not ship to APO or PO Box addresses, please be sure to provide a street address and your UIC Student ID number.

Log into my.uic.edu.  Choose Academics, then Schedule; Click on UIC Bookstore.  Click on the link under your schedule of classes to start your comparison shopping.

What does it mean if my course is not listed?

If a course is not listed, it usually means that we are still waiting to hear which textbook(s) may be used for that course.  Please keep checking the site.  We will update the information as it arrives to the Bookstore.

Can I have my textbook billed to my student account?

No, unfortunately we don’t have financial arrangements in place to charge your student account.

Once I place an order online with the UIC Bookstore, how soon will it be ready?

In order to allow for more complete orders, we generally begin processing textbook orders 3 weeks prior to the first day of classes.  This is when our inventory has peaked and orders are most complete.  Orders will be ready within 1 business day of placing the order for in-stock course materials.

After placing my online order with the UIC Bookstore I received an order confirmation, does that mean my credit card has been charged?

No, the e-mail is only a confirmation that we received your order.  Once your order has been completed and the credit card used has been charged, you will receive a second e-mail confirming your order has shipped or is ready for pick-up.

Price Comparison Shopping

Price is subject to change without notice and can fluctuate frequently.

We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of the pricing on this website.

 

Rental Textbooks

Can I rent a textbook instead of purchasing one?

Yes, we have textbooks available for rent in-store and online. 

In order to provide you with the greatest number of rental books, the UIC Bookstore has multiple options for renting textbooks:

  • Go to our web site. If your book can be rented, a rental option will be available. Please use your @uic.edu email address and UIC Student ID during checkout if you are renting a textbook. 
  • Come into the store and one of the knowledgeable staff in our Textbook department will be eager to help you. After finding an eligible book, proceed to any of our cashiers and prior to beginning the check-out process, let them know which books you want to rent.

How much does it cost to rent a textbook?

The fee for renting a textbook is calculated differently for each book and depends on several factors.  Rental prices will be clearly listed on the website and in store along with the price of the new and used textbooks for easy comparison.

How long is the rental period?

Rentals are due back the same semester they are rented. Rental textbooks are due on the Tuesday after the last day of the semester. The exact date of the deadline will be printed on your textbook rental agreement.

Why are some books not rentable at the UIC Bookstore?

The few books that are not rentable at the UIC Bookstore may be custom editions, include one-time use software, and have other similar characteristics. We strive to make as many titles rentable as possible.

Can I write or highlight in a rented book?

Yes.

If I change my mind during the semester and decide I want to keep my rented textbook, can I buy it?

Yes. Just come into the store and we’ll charge you the difference between the rental price and the full retail price. You will pay the same as if you simply bought the book in the first place.

What happens if I don’t return my rental textbook by the deadline?

A customer who does not return a rental book by the due date must pay the full replacement cost of the book, which is the used price. This is in addition to any rental fees they have already paid.

Returning Textbooks

Can I return a book if I don’t need it?

We offer a full refund (different from buy back) until the return deadline each semester.  During Fall and Spring, the return deadline is the Friday of the first week of school. During Summer, it is the third day of classes. Check your receipt for this semester's deadline.

Please see our complete return policy.

After the return deadline, documentation (of dropping the course or withdrawing from the University) is required to return a textbook. The book must be returned within 48 hours of the drop or withdrawal, in original purchase condition, with receipt and drop/withdrawal documentation.

That depends. If the package includes textbooks, study guide and access codes, all items must be present and in new condition.  Access codes cannot be activated.  If the book(s) are no longer in new condition, you may only receive a partial refund. If the shrink-wrapped item is a course reader or packet of photocopies, they are not returnable if opened.  If the package says “No Refunds if Opened,” the package cannot be returned.  If an access code is open, it is non-refundable.

Please see our return policy.

How do I sell back a textbook?

We want to buy back as many used books as possible from you. We give cash for your gently used textbooks every day!

If your book is being used next semester on campus and if we need extra copies, you will be offered up to 50% of the USED book price.

If your book is not being used again at UIC, but it will be used on other university campuses, we may offer to buy the book. The price will be determined by national demand and the book's condition.

Some books, despite containing valuable information, have no market resale value. Examples of such cases are: a new edition being published, a used workbook or study guide, or little national demand for the book.

We encourage you to start your professional library--hold on to those valuable books that will serve you in the future. But if you will not need a textbook after using it in class, sell it back and get cash for it now.

The UIC Bookstore cannot give you a price quote for a book buyback over the phone.  Books must be presented in person so we can verify their condition, completeness, etc. 

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