It’s time to start thinking about purchasing your textbooks for the Fall term, Lions! Whether you’re looking for a Calculus textbook or the latest edition of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the York University Bookstore is the place to go for all your textbook needs. Today’s #YUBlog post is here to give you an overview of the amazing services the YU Bookstore has to offer, from selling and renting books to purchasing digital materials and academic supplies!
Success Tip: You can earn Bookstore Rewards and Scholar Dollars to save on student supplies and textbooks at the YU Bookstore. If you shop using “Flex Dollars” (personal funds loaded on your YU-Card), you can earn 5% back in Scholar Dollars. Your Scholar Dollars can be redeemed for any item in store and if you save up $100 in Scholar Dollars, you can earn a $100 Bookstore gift card!
Buying Your Textbooks In-Store
You can find all the textbooks you need on the lower level of the Keele Campus bookstore located in York Lanes or in York Hall A210 at the Glendon Campus. You’ll see aisles of various textbooks organized by subject on these floors. Simply find the aisle with your subject and then scan the shelves for your specific course.
The table below (organized alphabetically by subject) has been provided by the Keele Campus Bookstore to help you find your textbooks quickly.
|Subject||Aisle #||Subject||Aisle #|
|Administrative Studies||7B||Human Rights & Equity||5A|
|American Sign Language||8B||Humanities||2B & 3A|
|Art History||8A||Information Technology||9|
|Bethune College||4B||Kinesiology & Health Science||4A|
|Biology||4B||Language & Learning Seminar||8B|
|Chemistry||4B||Law – OPD||9|
|Civil Engineering||9||Law – Regular||9|
|Critical Disability Studies||4A||Mechanical Engineering||9|
|Culture||3B||Modes of Reasoning||3B|
|Disaster & Emergency Management||7B||Nursing||4A|
|Earth Space Science & Engineering||9||Physics||4B|
|Electrical Engineering & Computer Science||9||Psychology||4A|
|Engineering||9||Public Policy & Administration||5B|
|English||1B & 2A||School of Continuing Studies||3B|
|English as a Second Language||8B||Schulich School of Business||7A|
|Environmental Studies||8A||Science Technology Studies||6B|
|Family Mediation||3B||Sexuality Studies||6A|
|Gender & Women’s Studies||5A||Social Work||6A|
|Health Studies||4A||Visual Arts||8A|
|Human Resources Management||7B||York/Sheridan Design||8A|
Once you find the correct subject aisle, you’ll need to find your textbook using a book tag – this is the slip above each stack of books. This tag will be green for Fall term textbooks and beige for Fall/Winter term books. Here are some additional things you should take note of:
- Course Details – Make sure the course code and title, section and professor are all correct. Sometimes the same course can be taught by different professors who use different books!
- “Stock in Centre” – This means that the book(s) listed on the book tag can be found in the centre of that aisle, instead of directly beneath the book tag.
- “Flyer to Cashier” – If you see this, that means there is an eBook available for the textbook. You’ll need to take the flyer hanging next to the book tag to purchase your code and receive your digital copy.
Success Tip: Although you may feel the need to purchase all your textbooks before the first day of class, it’s a good idea to wait until you’ve met your professor and looked over the syllabus. You may learn that there are books you don’t need or you can stagger your book purchases throughout the term(s) to reduce the upfront costs.
Buying Your Textbooks Online
In order to find the textbooks you need for your class, all you need to do is Find it, Add it and Buy it!
- Find it: Select the term, department, course and section affiliated with your class.
- Add it: Click the “ADD” button to add the class to your course list. If you would like to add another course, select “add another course”. Repeat this until you have a list of all your classes. Once you’re ready, you can click “GET YOUR BOOKS” to see a full list of the books you need for each of your classes.
- Buy it: Follow the payment prompts to purchase your textbooks. When checking out, you must choose a shipping method. You can either pick up your textbooks in store or have them shipped to you. Please visit the Bookstore’s Store Policies and Shipping Information webpages for more detailed information.
Success Tip: Even if you plan to buy your textbooks in store, I recommend using the Bookstore’s online textbook search tool to know how much money you need to have on hand or to load onto your YU-Card when you go to purchase your books.
There are courses at York U that offer eBooks instead of textbooks. You can see if your course offers a digital option on the York U Bookstore Access Codes webpage. Remember, some textbooks have flyers next to their book tags that you can use too!
The York U Bookstore also offers an in-store rental program. Although not all titles are available for rent, the shelf tag in the store will indicate if a rental option is available. If you would like to rent a book from the Bookstore, you will need your YU Card, a second piece of photo ID to prove your age and a valid credit card to guarantee the rental. Visit the Bookstore’s Rent Books In Store webpage for more details!
Success Tip: Have old textbooks on hand? You can sell them back to the York U Bookstore to make some cash to help pay for your new books! Learn about selling back to the Bookstore or to other students on the York U Bookstore’s Sell Your Books webpage. Our previous #YUBlog post, “Time to Sell Those Textbooks” also offers great tips!
In addition to textbooks, you can get any supplies you may need from pens and paint to lab coats and dissection kits. They have a large selection of general interest books and magazines, including popular fiction and visual novels, too! Be sure to check out both floors of the YU Bookstore for any materials you may need for your courses or to use in your spare time.
Don’t Forget Your York U Merch!
The York U Bookstore is also your one-stop-shop for any YU merchandise you may need. You can show your York U pride with program-specific hoodies, York University athletic wear and even souvenirs, such as notebooks and keychains for you and your family!
We hope that this overview of the York University Bookstore and finding your textbooks has helped prepare you for the upcoming Fall term! If you need to find textbooks in a pinch, check out our previous #YUBlog post, “Getting Your Textbooks on a Student Budget” for more information.
If you have any questions about the York University Bookstore or finding your textbooks, please comment below or tweet us at @YorkUStudents!