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Textbook Buyback Program

Once the quarter or school year is over, you can take advantage of our Textbook Buyback Program and receive cash for the books you no longer wish to keep. Selling your used textbooks is a great way to get extra money for future textbook purchases or other necessary school supplies.

View Textbook Rental Agreement

Important Buyback And Rental Return Dates

Mark your calendars and don't forget your PolyCard. Your student ID is required when selling back your books or returning your rentals. The University Store's buyback and rental return's area is located at the front entrance of the University Store.


View Important Buyback Dates

Online Buyback Program

If you miss the window to sell your textbook back through the Textbook Buyback Program, you can still sell your books online through our Online Buyback Program and it comes with free shipping. With Online Buyback, there is no quota, and you can sell your books back at any time during the year. It is important to note that the online buyback price is set by nationwide demand, so the buyback price may fluctuate.

Tips To Getting The Best Price For Your Textbooks

To get the best buyback price for your textbook is to sell them during the University Store's regular buyback and rental return times. This occurs during the final week of exams and the first week of classes. Please keep in mind, we only offer buybacks on books that will be used for classes in the next academic term.

Regardless of whether you sell your textbook through our campus Textbook Buyback Program or our Online Buyback Program, the textbooks need to be in good condition in order for us to purchase them. Please keep textbooks clean with all pages intact. Textbooks must be in resalable condition for buyback, which means that they must not have any of the following conditions:

  • Binding is weak and close to coming apart
  • Pages are missing
  • Pages have water damage
  • Highlighting, underlining, or cribbing makes the text difficult to read
  • Writing is evident in a study guide
  • A book might not be re-saleable without an original insert, such as a CD-ROM. If re-saleable without the insert, such a book probably has a lower buyback value without the insert
  • Other considerations may apply by textbook

 

Questions? We have answers.

Phone: (805) 756-1171
Email: courseware@calpoly.edu

 
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