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FAQs: Textbook Buyback

What is Buyback?

Textbook Buybacks are opportunities to sell unwanted textbooks.

The College Store sponsors a buyback at the end of every semester as well as one at the start of every semester.

How will I know when Buyback is scheduled?

Buyback dates and times are on our website,, click on Textbook information.

You will receive email notices from the bookstore.

Buyback posters with dates and times will be distributed around campus.

Where is Buyback?

Buybacks at the start of the semester are held on the Main Floor of The College Store.

Buybacks at the end of the semester are held on the Lower Level of The College Store.

When are the Buybacks scheduled at The College Store this year?

September 13-15                               9-5               Lower Level
December 9-10, 12-16                        9-5               Lower Level
May 2-6, 8-9                                      9-5               Lower level

Can I highlight and write in my textbooks and still sell them back at the Buyback?


There are a few exceptions:

Law and foreign language books may have no more than 30% of the margins filled with notes.

Study guides may not be written in or have any pages removed.

Water damaged books have no value at buyback.

All components of shrink-wrapped "bundles" must be presented at buyback.

                i.e. CDs, Study Guides, Tapes, Workbooks, etc.

Textbooks with damaged/broken bindings and torn/ripped pages have no value at buyback.

Do I need my receipt in order to sell my textbooks at Buyback?

No.  Just bring your textbooks to The College Store.

Do I need my HWS ID in order to sell my textbooks at Buyback?

Yes.  We also accept a driver's license or other photo ID.

How much will I get for my textbooks at Buyback?

You will get 50% of the price of the book:

          IF the book will be used in the following semester, is needed to fill the bookstore's quota,

          AND if the faculty member has notified the bookstore PRIOR to Buyback of the textbook's use in the following semester.

Typically you will get 10%-30%** for textbooks that are NOT used on campus the following semester. 
**This value is determined by national demand and is dictated by the wholesale company used by the bookstore.  The database we use has 500,000+ titles listed and we invite you to bring your books in during Buyback and check the Buyback value of your textbooks.  The College Store buys these books on behalf of a wholesaler and ships these books to the wholesaler's warehouse.  The College Store does NOT determine prices offered for textbooks that are shipped to wholesalers.  The wholesaler determines the price offered and The College Store is contractually bound by those prices.

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