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Textbook Buyback

What is it and how does it work?

You've bought your books and studied hard all semester. But you have no desire to keep your textbooks after you are finished with the class. You could use them as a doorstop…or you could bring them to the Bookstore for cash. At the end of each term (actually the Thursday before finals begin) you can bring your books to the Union concourse and sell them back. Here's how it works:

Each semester instructors submit book orders for the next term to the Bookstore. If we get an order for a book that was used during the current term then that title goes on the list of books to buy back from the students. If you own that book we will buy it from you for up to 50% of the new price. Once the number of copies needed for a class has been purchased for our campus the Bookstore no longer purchases that title; the title reverts to a wholesale purchase. The wholesaler is buying books at the same time to fill their national warehouse. Wholesale companies usually pay about 20% of the new price.

Textbook Buyback takes place each semester beginning the Thursday before finals week and ending the Friday of finals week.

Remember ** If you rented a book , these do not get sold back at buyback. Do not take money from anyone for a rented book.  It must be returned where you rented it. If you rented from the University bookstore you can return your book inside the store at the glass counters.  If you are on the Q.C. campus simply send it back through the courier at no charge. If you are not close to campus you may mail it to us by sending it to:

University Bookstore, 1 University Circle, Macomb Il. 61455  Attn: Rental Returns

If you are unsure if a book was rented or purchased, please stop in and we will check it's serial number or you can call us at:


University Union Bookstore
WIU / 1 University Circle
Macomb, Il. 61455 USA