Now that I’m in my final year at ASU, I’ve learned a lot about the ASU Bookstore. Although it may seem less expensive to buy or rent textbooks from outside companies, I’ve found it’s easiest to go directly to the online bookstore itself. I recommend buying your textbooks early. You’ll get the best rates on books if you order them ahead of time because you can rent or buy used copies, which sell out fast. You can also buy all of your books at once rather than searching different sites for different texts. And because the ASU Bookstore is the only store that can contact your instructors in the event a textbook isn’t listed on your My ASU page, you’ll have the comfort of knowing you’re receiving the correct books for your classes.
The Bookstore will ship your textbooks directly to your home since as online students, we most often cannot visit the Bookstore in person. You don’t even need to know which textbooks you need - just enter your 5 digit course SLNs online and the Bookstore will do the rest. The Bookstore also has a better return policy; it doesn’t matter how early you purchased your books, you can return them up through the entire first week of classes for a full refund.
And don’t forget: the ASU Bookstore is a great place to find and purchase your Sun Devil gear so you can represent your university in your hometown and help cheer the Sun Devils onto victory during game time. Go Devils!
Q: How do I know which books I need for my classes?
A: That is what your textbook list is for. The textbook list will match up the classes you have signed up for to the list of books that have been requested by your instructors. Use our link to access the booklist on your MYASU. Simply select the books link in red below your list of courses.
Q: When is the best time to get my textbooks?
A: The ideal time is 2-3 weeks prior to the start of classes. That is when the vast majority of the books have arrived and the largest supply of used books is in stock. Plus, this gives us time to get them to you before your course begins.
Q: How do rental books work?
A: You rent the copy of the book at the beginning of the term and keep it the entire term. Just return it when the course ends (no later than the last day of finals). You may still highlight in the book and take small notes.
Q: Do I have to get my books from the Campus Stores?
A: No, you are allowed to shop where you like. The Sun Devil Campus Stores have been chosen by ASU to take care of its students. We are the only store located on campus, the only store that has any contact with the instructors of ASU courses, and the only store that gives back to the University.
Q: How does the used only option work with online orders?
A: We know that many shoppers prefer used books and we will fill your order with used books provided we have them. Note that if you select “used only” the only option for a used copy could be at one of our other stores and it may take several days for us to get the book sent to our location so allow time for that process to happen. Also, if you select “used only” and we run out of used books, that item will be canceled from your order and you will not have a book.
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Written by ASU Senior, Megha Khona