Our Commitment to the University
The WOU Bookstore is committed to helping keep student fees low. For that reason, we use the money spent here to contribute to cover the costs of the institution. Money spent on campus stays on campus! We are institutionally run as a break-even operation, so we only succeed with the support of the students, staff, and faculty at WOU. Thank you for your continued support!
Our mission regarding textbooks is to ensure that textbooks are available on or before the first day of class at the most cost-efficient prices for students.
Important Reminders for Faculty
Having textbook orders in by the deadline allows us to buy more books back from students, have more rentals, avoid costly returns and reorders, and order more used books from our wholesalers—all things that keep costs down for students. Please turn in your orders by the deadline each term and make the Wonderful On-Time List of Instructors! We appreciate it! See here for the textbook order form.
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Reusing a Text
If you are using a book every other term (e.g. Fall and Spring, Winter and Summer), please let us know (contact our Textbook Buyer, Chris Rupp). That way, we can keep our stock on hand and buy more books back from students, avoiding costly returns and reorders of the text. Please note that when editions become outdated, we cannot keep the old edition for later use. We will notify you if this is the case.
Keeping Text Costs Down
Ask us about the retail price(s) of the book(s) you are requiring. Retail is usually quite different than what is found on the internet or what you hear from a sales rep. We can help you find a less expensive version (paperback, loose leaf, etc.) if you are interested. Regarding “bundles,” are you using all the supplemental materials? If not, it might be cheaper to offer the resources separately.
We are here for you and your students! Please contact us with any questions, doubts, changes, or concerns. We understand that teaching assignments change, often at the last minute. The sooner we know about changes, the better. Keeping the lines of communication open gives us the opportunity to meet our mission of having books ready on or before the first day of classes. We appreciate your partnership in this! We are happy to assist in recommending editions and versions, reminding you what texts you used in previous terms, providing sales rep contact information, etc.
Special Services We Offer
These are printed here on campus and are approximately 5 cents/page, unless you need special binding or color.
We can order custom textbooks that cover only what you need in class. This is cheaper for everyone, though it takes longer to get the text and we can’t return as many. This option is especially a good deal if you plan on reusing the text in future classes.
We can send and receive personal and business faxes from our Customer Service area for $1/every 3 pages. Our fax number is 503-838-8669.
Bring your empty cartridges to our drop-off point and have a refilled cartridge within a few days!
Special Ordering Books
If there is a particular resource you are desiring to purchase, we can special order it to arrive here at the store at no additional cost to you. Special orders usually take only a couple of days to arrive, but it can take up to a week if the book is coming from a distant warehouse. Students can also special order books (textbooks or personal books) at no additional cost. To place an order, call us at 503-838-8300, email us, or swing by our Customer Service area in the bookstore. If you have the ISBN of the resource you want, please let us know. Otherwise, we will need the title, author, and edition if applicable.
Special Ordering Office or Art Supplies
Is there a particular item you are looking to purchase for classes or personal use that we do not have in the store? Contact our Art and Office Supply Buyer, Debby Burnham, to learn about options for special ordering what you need.
Textbook Buyback for Students
During the last couple weeks of each term, we open our Buyback Window to purchase textbooks back from students. Unfortunately, buyback is not guaranteed. (See our Textbook Policies page for details.) Please note that we cannot purchase books from faculty.