Welcome CU Buffs! The CU Book Store is your one-stop resource for all your course material needs, plus a convenient place for snacks, Buff gear, school supplies, computer products, greeting cards, gifts and more! All proceeds benefit the University of Colorado at Boulder, not a corporation.
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Be sure to check out our Orientation Booklet for more information!
Textbooks are Expensive - Here are a Few Money Saving Tips
- Place a textbook pre-order
Pre-order your textbooks after you register for classes and we will have your books ready for you at the store at the beginning of the semester. Fast, easy and convenient! You can choose your preference of rental, used, or new books. You know you will get the correct books as we are the official store of CU Boulder! Best of all, one lucky student who places a pre-order will WIN their textbooks for the semester!
- Shop early and rent textbooks, or buy used books
We know the price of textbooks is high, and we try to do everything we can to keep the costs low. The first thing we do is carry as many used books as possible, because they save you 25% off the new price of the book. We also offer as many textbook rentals as we can. You or your student can purchase ALL their needed textbooks from our website and have the delivered right to your/their door or choose in store pick-up.
- Return a book promptly if a class has been dropped
The bookstore only carries those items requested by the instructor. We try to make this easy. You can get a full refund through the first week in the fall and spring semester with an original receipt and in its original condition. (The bookstore limits the refund period to the first week of class because most publishers require that we return books to them by a certain date.)
- Sell your books at the end of the semester
Our first source for used books is you! If an instructor has requested a textbook for the next semester, The CU Book Store will pay 50% of the new price until their orders are filled. If the book is not being used, we will contract with a company to buy the book from you for a wholesale price.
For more information on textbooks and buyback visit our textbook FAQ
Technology Educational Discounts
As an educational retailer, the CU Book Store saves students hundreds of dollars on software, as well as offer educational pricing on computers. We offer educational discounts on Apple, Dell, HP, and Lenovo systems. This special pricing is available only to currently enrolled students. The CU Book Store partners with academic departments to carry the technology recommended by your degree program. Find out how we can save you computers and accessories.