If your department or course isn't listed it usually means that we haven't received a textbook adoption from your instructor. Please note that we receive textbook adoptions up to (and after) the first day of classes. Check back often, speak to your instructor, or contact us and we'll try to help you out.
You can check your booklist at Find your Textbooks.
Check the term in the "Search Books for" title. Only one term is available for lookup at a time. If you are checking early, you may need to wait until your term is offered.
Select your course from the left menu box. When you have all your courses listed, click on "Find my Textbooks"
Your personalized booklist will appear. At this point, you can choose to order your books online (check a box for each title that you wish to purchase), or you may print the booklist for in-store shopping by clicking the "Print your Booklist" icon on the upper right-hand side of the page.
If you see multiple listings for the same text it probably means that the professor has approved the use of multiple editions of the same book. Simply decide which edition you wish to buy.
Textbooks are a very specialized form of publishing. The number of copies produced are generally small, especially when compared to books like best sellers. For every dollar you spend on a textbook, the University of Victoria has paid about 75 cents to the publisher. Out of the remaining 25 cents, all bookstore expenses such as freight costs, salaries, rent, shrinkage, donations, and capital expenses are paid.
A required textbook is a book your professor has chosen which contains necessary readings and materials for successful completion of the course. An optional book is supplemental material chosen to assist in your studies, however is not mandatory for the course. These can include study guides and partial solutions manuals.
Books are added to the buyback list when we learn that they will be needed in the next term. (If your course is offered only in the fall, your book would not go on the buyback list for the spring term, unless another course is using it.)
If your book is not being bought back, it may be because:
The professor is choosing a new book.
The course is being taught by a different professor, who is choosing a new book.
The course is offered in alternate years.
The book is going into a new edition.
The bookstore already has enough copies in stock.
The bookstore has not yet heard that the book is being used again.
If your book is not being bought back in April, try again at the end of the summer, when all the books for fall have been ordered. The buyback list is updated daily and is much larger at the end of August than it is in April.
The bookstore offers half of the new retail price whether you purchased the book new or used.
Check out the price and demand for your books in advance. The list is updated constantly as we hear from professors. Just click on Buy-Back Info and "sell a book".Check our buyback dates to make sure we will be buying back when you come.
In August and early September, some first year textbooks are stacked in the new flexspace on the lower level of the store. At any other time of the year these books are in their appropriate sections (alphabetically by course).
Lab manuals are course specific manuals supplied to the bookstore from the departments that use them.
A coursepack is created by your professor specifically for your course. It may include book excerpts, journal articles, or course notes. Some out-of print books are reproduced as coursepacks. The bookstore obtains copyright authorization from the copyright holder to reproduce materials for classroom use and pays all copyright fees. Coursepacks are printed at the University of Victoria by Printing & Duplicating Services.
When we sell someone else's intellectual property, we have a legal and moral obligation to pay them for their work.
Aproximately one-third to two-thirds of the cost of your coursepack goes directly to the authors and publishers who own the material. The rest of the cost covers materials, printing, labour, and distribution. Coursepacks are sold on a cost-recovery basis.
If the bookstore sells out of a coursepack, the student may purchase a raincheck. (Raincheck forms are found on the shelf where the coursepack was.) A coursepack is printed for each raincheck sold and the student is phoned or emailed when the coursepack is ready for pick up. Coursepacks sold by raincheck usually arrive in the bookstore within 48 hours.
Renting your textbook can save you money. Our rental program allows you to use the book as if it is your own throughout your course and return it to the bookstore by the specified date, usually the last day of exams.
At this time, all rentals must be processed through our website. Go to the textbook search engine. Select your courses and start searching. If one of your texts is available for rent, the website will show a rental price. Select the text and follow the steps. You will be asked to choose a book condition: new, used or rental. If you choose rental, you will be taken to the Textbook Rental Agreement. Please read it carefully as it is a binding agreement. If you click “I agree” you will move forward to complete your purchase.
Please Note: In order to save you money, rental textbooks will always be USED copies when available.
Yes. We will keep your information under lock and key until the text is returned.
No, rental texts must be picked up and returned at the Customer Information desk on the main floor in the Bookstore. Photo ID must be presented for pick-up.
Please allow one business day for processing.
No. The textbook rental agreement must be between the student using the book (or their legal guardian) and the Bookstore.
If a course is dropped, the rental fee is refundable only if the rental textbook is returned no later than 2 weeks after the start of class.
The rental deadline is usually the last day of exams. The exact date is in your rental agreement.
No problem; just contact the bookstore and we will charge your credit card the difference between the rental price and what you could have purchased the book for at the beginning of term.
The Bookstore will charge your credit card the difference between the rental price and the price of what the book cost at the beginning of term.
Yes, normal use highlighting and writing is permitted. But the text must be returned in good condition which generally means book spine intact, no excessive damage to cover or contents, all original pages intact, all original components present, no water or coffee spills, and no excessive highlighting, writing or other markings. The Bookstore reserves the right to refuse books in poor condition for return.
No. The text is not yours. It must be returned to the Bookstore.
BC - Ground: 3-7 Business Days, $12.95 + appropriate tax
BC - Air: 2-3 Business Days, $15.95 + appropriate tax
Rest of Canada - Ground: 3-6 Business Days, $20.95 + appropriate tax
Rest of Canada - Air: 2-3 Business Days, $27.95 + appropriate tax
USA and International: Shipping cost for USA and International should be confirmed via email.
If you are ordering distance education course materials and we are unable to send your complete order, we will either contact you with a partial order list or hold your shipment until we have the complete order.
Due to space availability, if you are ordering on-campus course materials we will NOT contact you with a partial list but ship the items we have available. At a later date you will have to either reorder those unshipped items or purchase them from the Bookstore. If you require any changes please let us know your request in the comments field when ordering.
Yes, and its free! Just select "Pick your order up at the Bookstore" as your shipping method and your items will be available for pick up in the Bookstore. You will receive an email once your package is ready for pickup, please allow 3 business days.
During the summer of 2011, British Columbians had the opportunity to participate in a province-wide referendum on the harmonized sales tax (HST). On August 26, 2011, Elections BC announced that British Columbians had voted in favour of eliminating the HST and returning to the provincial sales tax (PST) plus federal goods and services tax (GST) system.
In general this means that almost all course materials are only being charged the 5% federal Goods and Services Tax (GST). Therefore digital and rental books have a reduction in the amount of tax that you pay. Taxes are as follows:
New, rental and digital textbooks (ebooks): 5% tax
Used textbooks: tax exempt
Textbook orders are placed over a period of time causing variable arrival times, the print runs or number of copies produced are generally small. In addition, for us to attain specific textbooks and to get the best prices possible, we order books from publishers around the world. Sometimes books are printed and shipped at the very last minute and we are not aware of the exact price until it has arrived.
Orders can be viewed in the Order History section of your account.
Use the Textbook Online Ordering to choose all the courses that you are enrolled in, once it returns your search results you will see an icon 'Print your Booklist' on the top right hand side of the page.
Yes, you can use your gift card online by typing in the gift card number in the Special Notes area during the checkout process. For your protection we also require a faxed copy of the back of the card to 250.472.4588. We still require a credit card number to process the order.
Your information and password can be changed on your Account page.
Please see the main Distance Education page for your options.
We make every effort to ship your materials out to you as soon as possible after we receive your order. The volume of orders during our busy times (August/September, April/May and December/January) can cause a slight delay in processing. During peak times, allow 7-10 days for us to process and ship your order.
The option to choose new, used or rental will be available when you make your order online.
The Bookstore gets used books from several different sources. We buy from wholesalers and also other students. This means that sometimes we cannot get any used books for a specific title. We try to inform you of the availability when you shop with us and if you give us strict instructions we will ship only if we have what you ordered.
This is used by the Bookstore to reference your address in our shipping system and to trace orders if there is a problem. If you do not have a student number, don't worry, we will assign a temporary number to your order, so that it can be shipped and traced.
Please see the DE Returns section. For course manual returns, each department has a separate policy. Please refer to return information that is provided by the department.
Common causes for delay include: books being held up at by publisher, course materials not yet printed, etc. Please be patient. However, if you still have not received your order 10-15 days after placing your order, you should contact us as this could indicate that there is a problem with your order.