If your department or course isn't listed it usually means that we haven't received a textbook or course material adoption from your instructor. Please note that we receive textbook adoption requests 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 gray "Print" icon on the upper right-hand side of the page.
If you see multiple listings for the same course material it probably means that the professor has approved the use of multiple versions (print, looseleaf, digital) of the same book. Simply decide which version you wish to buy. There are often comments attached to the course asking you to make your choice.
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 or material 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, partial solutions manuals, kits and lab supplies. Alternative formats for required materials will also appear as "Optional". Courses which contain alternate formats for the same book will have a note at the top of the listing saying ‘This course contains book(s) that come in multiple formats (E-Text, Physical, Loose, etc.). You only need one format of each book.
If a digital format of your textbook is available you will see an additional listing for the textbook offered as an "Optional". Courses which contain alternate formats for the same book will have a note at the top of the listing saying ‘This course contains book(s) that come in multiple formats (E-Text, Physical, Loose, etc.). You only need one format of each book.
Summer 2020 - buyback has been temporarily suspended.
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. If the Bookstore is not buying back your book, one of our buyback partners might be. The amount that you might receive from a buyback partner or wholesaler varies considerably.
Check out the price and demand for your books in advance. The list is updated constantly as we hear from professors and other titles are added from other institutions. 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.
These books are located in their appropriate sections (alphabetically by course) except for English, which is sorted alphabetically by author.
Lab manuals are course specific manuals supplied to the bookstore from the departments that use them. They are sold on consignment on behalf of the department.
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 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.
The Bookstore is unable to offer a rental program for Fall 2020.
Summer 2020 - offering free ground shipping in Canada on all course materials.
Fall 2020 - offering free ground shipping in Canada on course material orders over $50 or a flat rate based on location.
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.
International shipping note: You may receive two shipping quotes via email but please be aware the less expensive option has no tracking and if chosen the Bookstore is no longer responsible for missing or stolen shipments.
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 an emailed copy of the back of the card to email@example.com. We still require a credit card number to process the order.
No, we are unable to accept payment with an ONECard online at this time due to security concerns. Your ONECard is your UVic student/employee number and although the number is unique to you it is also a number that other people can have access to. We are happy to accept ONECard payments in the Bookstore.
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 3 business days for us to process and ship your order.
The option to choose new, used or digital will be available when you make your order online. If one of these options does not appear, it is not an available option for that book.
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 during the checkout process we will ship only if we have what you ordered.
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: course materials not yet printed, shipping from offshore, etc. Please be patient. However, if you still have not received your order 12-24 days after placing your order, you should contact us as this could indicate that there is a problem with your order.
Please go to the Information Desk, just inside the front entrance of the Bookstore and ask for
Or contact Graham at:
Your sponsor, such as:
• Aboriginal Bands
• Provincial Government
• Life Insurance companies
Please note that the University of Victoria Accounting Service is not responsible for this.
Your sponsor will send a Sponsorship Funding Application
to Graham McFarlane stating:
• Your name and student number
• The amount of money you’re entitled to
• An expiry date for the sponsorship (ie…each term)
• Any purchasing limitations (ie…textbooks only)
Please ask your sponsor to send an updated letter to us, should any of the above details change (ie…increased sponsorship)
Simply come to the Bookstore and let the Information Desk know that you are a sponsored student so they can check to see if your account is setup. Once setup please take your items to any cashier for purchase.