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Textbook Buyback and Rental Return Program

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

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Important Buyback And Rental Return Dates

Have your student mark their calendars and not forget their PolyCard. Their student ID is required when selling back their books or returning their rentals. The University Store's buyback and rental return's area is located at the front entrance of the University Store. Please click to view important buyback dates.

Online Buyback Program

If your student missed the window to sell their textbook back through the Textbook Buyback program, they can still sell their books online through our Online Buyback program and it comes with free shipping. With Online Buyback, there is no quota, and they can sell their 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 Textbooks

To get the best buyback price for your student's 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 your student sells their 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 re-saleable 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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