The Bookstore works closely with faculty to ensure that we have all the right books and editions for your classes.
Despite that, textbook information can change at any time, and for many reasons, including faculty changes, class cancellations,
newly available books, or syllabi changes.
Any purchase made with other vendors based on this site's information is made at the purchaser's risk and is not guaranteed
Faculty members have indicated that some books for your courses are required, some optional, and some suggested.
These decisions are at the faculty member's discretion, but generally required books are the central books for a course, and optional books are
usually ancillary materials like study and solution manuals. Books that are required for a course are listed with an R on the line below the title, optional
books have an O, and suggested items an S.
Rental books are available for some classes. Rentals books appear as a 'Choice' in the book listings.
These books are required for your class. Choose to rent or buy.
Used books are the most popular with Colby students, and we are extremely aggressive about getting as many used copies as possible.
Typically we have about 60% used books, and 40% new books and coursepacks each semester.
There are some books we've found it makes sense to sell only new, e.g. consumable books like
workbooks where students at many campuses are required to fill out, tear out, and turn in pages.
Unlike some used book sellers, we won't sell you a book that is missing pages, is the wrong edition,
or has been damaged by liquids. When the professor asks you to turn to page 27 to read an article, you'll be reading the right one.
Ebooks are often a less expensive option and more convenient as they can be used across multiple devices. Please note that if you do decide to purchase an ebook that some professors may still require a printed hard copy to use in class. If you are uncertain please check first.
Access Codes Some courses require access codes that allow you to complete assignments via an online portal. These cards are usually bundled with new textbooks but they may also be available as a separate purchase. In some instances it may be less expensive to buy the new bundle than to shop for a used textbook and purchase the access by itself. In either case if a professor requires online access you will need it to complete your coursework.
If we are sold out of a course material in the format you chose, we will substitute with the closest available option. Your cost may changed based on this substitution. Your book is returnable through the end of the returns period.
Due to the extremely short JanPlan term, textbooks are returnable only
when dropping a class. The last day to return is Thursday, January 9th.
You must show proof of drop.
You will also need your receipt, and books must be in the same condition in which they were purchased.
This means new books can not be written in, access codes must be unused, etc.