Textbook Buyback Information

Sell your Books - Finals Week!

Wednesday, Dec. 12 - Friday, Dec. 14: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 15: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 17 - Tuesday, Dec. 18: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Mary Commons and Sexton Commons

Cash paid on the spot for your textbooks and other course materials at either Bookstore location. A receipt isn't necessary to sell your books back.

Textbooks are a commodity and buyback prices are based on national demand. When instructors at CSB/SJU order textbooks for courses next semester, we create a buyback list. If we know which books are needed and we are not already overstocked, the price you will get back is based upon current market value.  If the instructor has not submitted an order, you have the option to sell your books at the current market value to a used book company. That value, determined by used book companies, is based upon the national demand for the book and whether or not it is a current edition. 

What affects the resale value of your book?

  • Instructor has notified the Bookstore that your book will be reused and the Bookstore needs additional quantities.
  • Instructor has discontinued use of your book or has not notified the Bookstore that your book will be used again.
  • The Bookstore already has sufficient quantities of your book.
  • Your book has been published in an updated version and has little or no dollar value.
  • The condition of your book may be too poor or incomplete to be resold – i.e. study guides, workbooks, textbooks with discs, maps, charts, etc.
  • National demand determines resale value of books that have been discontinued on your campus.

Everyday Book Buyback

  • The CSB/SJU Bookstores offer students the opportunity to sell their books back online every day through a wholesaler.
  • The textbooks are not bought back for the Bookstores; rather the texts are bought back for a wholesaler.
  • Books bought back will not be used for next semester’s classes. Instead, the books will be sold to other bookstores throughout the country.
  • Students can expect to receive less money than at the end-of-semester buyback.