Textbooks

We support the University by compiling the official book list each semester.


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Textbooks

The Co-op supports the University of Texas by compiling the official book list each semester.


Textbook InformationOpen Education Resource List


Summer 2020 Textbooks


The 2020 Summer Semester book list is now available; place your textbook orders here. The last day to return books for a full refund for Summer 1 is Friday, June 5, 2020. The last day to return books for a full refund for Summer II is Saturday, July 14, 2020.


Spring 2020 Textbook Rental Return Options


The rental return deadline for Spring 2020 has been extended to May 30, 2020


If your Spring 2020 rentals are not received by 6/18/20, you will be charged the buyout price (the difference between the rental cost and the new book cost) and a non-return fee, calculated at 10% of the new book cost. At this point you will own the book and no further action is required.


Drop them off.

Don't fuss over packing up your books and shipping them off; just bring them straight to us! Our store is open for drop-off textbook rental returns. Learn more and see store hours here.


Return your rental by mail.

1) If you have rentals that need to be returned, we will send you three emails on Friday, May 22 with what you will need to send them back. Check your inbox!

RETURN LABEL: An email with a pre-paid UPS Shipping Label will come from the sender UPS Quantum View.
PACKING SLIP: An email containing your packing slip will come from the sender Hello@universitycoop.com with the subject line: “Your textbook rental information for check-in”
NOTICE! Be sure to check your Junk Mail/Spam folder for these messages. If you can’t locate your label, please email us here for one.


2) Print the UPS label and ship your book back to us by dropping this off at any UPS drop box or facility. Please include a copy of the Packing Slip in the package.

3) We’ll email you when we check in your rental.


Buy out your rented textbooks!

Textbook Retail Price - Rental Fee = Buyout Cost. Easy as that! Just contact our customer service team to get started.


Spring 2020 Buybacks


We've partnered with MBS' Textbook Exchange and Nebraska Book Company's Virtual Sellback to offer a mail-in buyback option for purchased textbooks. We've also partnered with Resero Virtual Buyback which has a retail component.

To sell back your books, locate the 13-digit ISBN number printed on the back of the book or in the front cover on the copyright page. The 13-digit number will start with 978.

Enter the ISBN into the search function on one of our partners’ websites to get pricing, and select the books you want to sell back. You'll get a free pre-paid shipping label emailed to you or will be given more information on where to drop off your books. Ship your books or drop them off with at the location provided and you'll be paid from our partners once your books are received.

You can sell your books back at any time.

Click here for Resero Virtual Buyback, click here for Nebraska Book Company Virtual Sellback, or click here for MBS Textbook Exchange.

Please note: these are third party sites and have their own policies on the buyback process.


Your Textbook Options


Buy: All textbooks are available for purchase new, and some are available to purchase used. Purchasing textbooks gives you the most flexibility; keep it as long as you want, and write in it as much as you want.

E-Book: Some textbooks are available as an e-book. Each publisher offers different features for e-books, including the ability to print out some or all of the book, plus it’s nice to not have to carry the book around!


How to Purchase Your Books


Online: At check out, select whether you want to pick up your books in our main store or have them delivered! Orders are usually fulfilled within 24 – 48 hours, and we now offer delivery to select dorms!

In Store: If purchasing or renting in store, visit the Academic Floor downstairs and grab the books right off the shelf. We have computers that you can print out your course schedule from if you need to! Check out at any open register!



St. Andrews Episcopal School Textbooks


Books for St. Andrews Upper School can be found in the Main Store on Guadalupe or online. Books ordered online can be shipped to you or you can pick up in store.



TEXTBOOKS FAQs

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  • What does book status mean?

    Required means the book is necessary for the course.


    Optional means the book is recommended for the course.


    Alternate means that the instructor has approved an alternate for a required book - you only need to buy one version!


    Other course materials required for the class may be listed on your class' syllabus, and may not be needed for the first day of class.


  • No books are listed for my course – what does that mean?

    Either no book is required for your course or your professor has not turned in their book request yet. Check with your professor or syllabus to find out if a book is required.


  • I can’t find my class or book on your website!

    Please call or Live Chat us.


  • My book is out of stock, how can I get it?

    Place an order for the book and we’ll notify you when it arrives. Reordered books typically arrive in a few days.


  • Where do I find Course Packets?

    If your professor ordered the course packet through the Co-op, it will be available in store and online. If your professor ordered the course packet through another printer, check your syllabus for ordering information


  • Can I use an iClicker for more than one class?

    Yes, the same iClicker can be used for multiple courses during a semester.


    There are a couple of different types of iClickers, double check that you’re getting the correct one.


  • Are textbook rentals available?

    Due to COVID and the high-touch nature of rentals we are not offering rented textbooks for the Fall semester. We are partnering with Chegg to display available rentals for your book in the "compare prices" section for that book.


  • OER reported courses.

    There are currently no summer courses using OER.


  • When is the last day I can return my books for a full refund?

    6/5/20 for Summer courses and 9/1/20 for fall courses. Access codes, shrink-wrapped books, and software need to be sealed.

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  • When will I receive access to my Ebook?

    Your ebook access code will be emailed from hello@universitycoop.com within the hour of purchasing your book in store or online.


  • I didn’t get a code. What do I do?

    First, check your spam or junk filter for an email from hello@universitycoop.com.

    If you do not see an email in any inbox from hello@universitycoop.com., please call or chat with Co-op customer service 800-255-1896, and please have your order confirmation or receipt number available if possible.


  • How do I access my ebook?

    Ebooks may be accessed through VitalSource, our digital materials provider.

    You must create an account to access ebooks through VitalSource.

    Follow the prompts provided in the activation email from hello@universitycoop.com. to set up your Vital Source account and access your books.


  • I’m having trouble with my Vital Source Account. What do I do?

    Reach out to Vital Source for help!

    Call: 1-855-200-4146

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  • Due to COVID and the high-touch nature of rentals we are not offering rented textbooks for the Fall semester. We are partnering with Chegg to display available rentals for your book in the "compare prices" section for that book.

  • When is my rental book due?

    For Spring 2020, the rental return deadline has been extended to May 30, 2020. Please see the top of the page for your rental return options.


  • Can I highlight in my rental book?

    Minimal highlighting and writing is allowed. Books returned with excessive damage (water damage, mold, missing covers, missing pages, destroyed text on pages and the like) will prevent a successful rental return and you will be charged the difference between the rental price already paid and the full retail price of the book + and administrative fee calculated as 10% of the retail price.


  • What if I don’t return the my rental book by the due date?

    By keeping your rental beyond the due date, you are agreeing to pay a 10-day extension fee equal to 20% of your rental fee. If a rental is not returned by the 10th day of the extension, you will be charged the buyout price plus a non-return fee calculated as 10% of the book purchase price. At this point, you will own the book and no further action is required.


  • What if I drop a class?

    If you drop the class, we’ll give you a full refund for your book up until the 12th class day for Spring and Fall semester, and the 4th class day for summer semesters.. Bring proof of your schedule change.


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  • When will my order be ready?

    If you select in store pick up, books are typically ready for pick up at the main store between 24 and 48 hours.


    Books are typically shipped out between 24 – 48 hours. Delivery time depends on your location.


  • When will I be able to order books for next semester?

    Fall textbook ordering is usually available in late July. Summer ordering is usually available in early May and Spring textbook ordering is available right after Christmas.


  • Why do I see two subtotals in the shopping cart?

    Because our textbook inventory changes so rapidly, we are unable to have real-time inventory availability on our website. We display every option we might have so you can order what you want and indicate if you will allow substitutions for that item or not. If you allow substitutions and the item you request is not available, we will give you the alternate version (used or new) and charge you accordingly. If you do not allow substitutions, then we will cancel that item from your order if it's not available.


  • How do I cancel my order?

    Call us or Live Chat with us for cancellation options.


  • How long do I have to pick up my order?

    After classes begin, you have 5 calendar days to pick up your order. After the 5th calendar, we will restock your order with no refund.


  • Why was my textbook cancelled from my order?

    The cancellation reason will usually be indicated in red in your email notification:


    (1) We may have given you a professor-approved alternate copy of the book you requested, if your version was out of stock and the alternate version was available and within $20.00 of the original book's price. If this occurred, you will see your original (cancelled) book and the newly added replacement book on your email notification.


    (2) If the version you requested is not available this semester, we will cancel it from your order.


    (3) If you have ordered two identical books, we will cancel the duplicate copy from your order.

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  • How do I sell my books back during the Spring 2020 semester?


    We've partnered with MBS' Textbook Exchange and Nebraska Book Company's Virtual Sellback to offer a mail-in buyback option for purchased textbooks.


    To sell back your books, locate the 13-digit ISBN number printed on the back of the book or in the front cover on the copyright page. The 13-digit number will start with 978.


    Enter the ISBN into the search function on one of our partners’ websites to get pricing, and select the books you want to sell back. You'll get a free pre-paid shipping label emailed to you. Ship your books and you'll be paid via check or PayPal from our partners once your books are received.


    You can sell your books back at any time.


    Note: Check to make sure that you're books are purchased and not rented. Rental books will need to be returned to the store you originally rented them from.


    Click here for MBS Textbook Exchange or click here for Nebraska Book Company Virtual Sellback.


    Please note: these are third party sites and have their own policies on the buyback process.


  • When should I sell my books back?

    We buy books back all year long, but the best time to sell books back is during finals.


  • How much are my books worth and how are prices determined?

    If your book is being used at UT for the upcoming semester, we are buying for our own inventory. Typically, we’ll buy books back for 50% of the new book price.


    If the book is not being used at UT for the upcoming semester or if we’ve reached our quota, we’re buying books back for a wholesaler or other book vendor. Prices for these books can vary.


  • Can I sell back books that I didn’t buy at the Co-op?

    Yes!


  • What do I need to sell my books?

    Your student ID.


  • What kind of condition should my books be in for buybacks?

    We cannot buy back books with spine damage, water damage, missing pages or excessive highlighting/writing.


  • Can I sell my iClicker back?

    Yes! (Must include working batteries).