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Coronavirus Update

Valued customers:

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact our national and local communities, the CU Book Store website is open and we continue to ship orders, however, the physical store is closed.

Here are some of the things we are doing:

  • To assist you with your online shopping, we are offering free domestic, standard shipping on ALL orders.
  • In light of the rapid move to online courses and learning, we’ve partnered with our digital course materials platform, VitalSource, and leading publishers to launch VitalSource Helps, a program offering limited free access to ebooks for students who may have lost access to course materials. Visit bookshelf.vitalsource.com to access free ebooks through May 25 with a student colorado.edu email address. VitalSource Helps provides access to an expansive catalog of ebooks, but some content may not be available and access is limited to 7 titles.
  • We have extended the deadline for rental returns to June 1. For those who prefer, rental books may be returned by mail and we are working on additional details for a ship back program.
  • Should you wish to send your books back prior, please mark the package as follows and be sure to include your full name and IdentiKey username (not your password) with your books:

  • CU Book Store
    ATTN: Rental Returns
    36 UCB
    1669 Euclid Avenue
    Boulder, CO 80309
  • If you choose not to return your rental books, they will be converted to a purchase and you will be charged the difference between the rental and purchase price. You will not be charged additional fees. Please note that our rental prices are low in many cases and the difference may be quite large. We recommend you do what you can to return the books.
  • Staff will continue to monitor email, please reach out to us with questions assist@cubookstore.com

We appreciate your patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation. You may find regular updates about the campus response to coronavirus and ways to protect yourself at colorado.edu/coronavirus.


Faculty FAQs

The CU Book Store partnered with our digital course materials platform, VitalSource, and leading publishers to launch VitalSource Helps, a program offering limited free access to ebooks for students who may have lost access to course materials.

Students can visit bookshelf.vitalsource.com to access free e-books through May 25 with their colorado.edu email address. VitalSource Helps provides access to an expansive catalog of e-books, but some content may not be available and access is limited to seven titles.

Fall Term - Due by March 30th

Summer and Maymester Terms - Due by March 7

Please visit the bookstore faculty resources page for additional information.

The CU Book Store will do everything possible to make sure the materials you request are available for Maymester, summer terms and Fall 2020 to support student learning. If you choose to use a physical book we will do our best to have it available for students. However, due to supply chain issues associated with the Coronavirus, physical books may not be available to students.

Digital course materials guarantee access for your students. If you would like to consider course materials that are available digitally or through the Day 1 Digital Access program, please reach out to Jason.Katzman@colorado.edu or Erin.Schol@colorado.edu. Digital textbooks are easily available to students through cubookstore.com and Day 1 Digital Access materials are made available through Canvas.

Additional information on digital materials and Day 1 Digital access may be found here

Open Educational Resources (OER) may meet your course materials needs. See the CU Boulder Libraries OER LibGuide to learn more. Please let us know you are using OER by contacting Jason.Katzman@colorado.edu or Erin.Schol@colorado.edu.

Yes, students can still order from www.cubookstore.com . We can answer questions via live chat on the website and assist@cubookstore.com. Orders are being shipped on Monday and Thursday afternoons and all orders currently receive free ground shipping.

Student FAQs

Yes, students can still order from cubookstore.com. We can answer questions via live chat on the website assist@cubookstore.com.Orders are being shipped on Monday and Thursday afternoons and all orders currently receive free ground shipping.

The CU Book Store partnered with our digital course materials platform, VitalSource, and leading publishers to launch VitalSource Helps, a program offering limited free access to ebooks for students who may have lost access to course materials.

Visit bookshelf.vitalsource.com to access free e-books through May 25 with your colorado.edu email address. VitalSource Helps provides access to an expansive catalog of e-books, but some content may not be available and access is limited to seven titles.

The rental check-in deadline has been extended to June 1, 2020. For those who prefer, rental books may be returned by mail and the bookstore is working on additional details of a ship back program. Please check back for more information or contact assist@cubookstore.com

Should you wish to send your books back prior, please mark the package as follows and be sure to include your full name and IdentiKey username (not your password) with your books:


CU Book Store
ATTN: Rental Returns
36 UCB
1669 Euclid Avenue
Boulder, CO 80309

If you choose not to return your rental books, they will be converted to a purchase and you will be charged the difference between the rental and purchase price. You will not be charged additional fees. Please note that the rental prices are low in many cases and the difference may be quite large. The CU Book Store recommends you do what you can to return the books.

Staff will continue to monitor email, please reach out with questions assist@cubookstore.com

We will be offering textbook sellback when the store reopens. More details will be available here.

If your class is using course materials that are available in a digital format, we encourage you to purchase that format. Digital materials are available for purchase at cubookstore.com and you will be able to access them immediately. If your course is using Day 1 Digital Access materials you will access them through Canvas and your tuition and fee bill will be charged. More information may be found on the bookstore FAQ.

If ordering physical materials, students are encouraged to place an order and have their materials shipped or use in-store pick up when the store re-opens. Please be aware that supply chain and other logistical challenges may arise related to the Coronavirus pandemic making physical textbook availability limited. All shipped orders currently receive free ground shipping and staff are shipping orders on Monday and Thursday afternoons.

Students may charge digital and physical books to their student tuition and fee bill; additional information may be found here . Staff will continue to monitor email, please reach out with questions to assist@cubookstore.com

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