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About Textbooks

  1. How & Where to Buy Your Textbooks
  2. Buying and Selling Used Books
  3. Textbook Ordering
  4. Online Ordering - Used Textbooks
  5. Textbook Prices
  6. Textbook Returns

How & Where to Buy Your Textbooks

The Campus Store carries the books for the courses offered at each VIU campus (Nanaimo, Cowichan, Powell River or Parksville) at that location only. Or, you can purchase your books online and they will be sent to you, with additional shipping charges.

You can pay for your books using cash, cheque, debit, Visa, Mastercard, and American Express at any of our store locations.

Our online store offers secure credit card transactions only.


Buying & Selling Used Books

Used books are a less expensive alternative for students (25% less than new). Students who buy new & used books can, in many cases, sell them back to the campus store. We buy used books for courses offered at VIU, and also for other campus stores across Canada. The campus store offers Used Book Buybacks every Friday, in addition to our week-long buys every semester. Watch the web page for upcoming dates.


Textbook Ordering

VIU instructors determine which textbooks will be used each semester, and place their orders with the campus store. The campus store then orders the books from the publishers as quickly as possible. We try to have all the textbooks in stock a few weeks before classes begin, so that students can shop early and avoid line-ups at the beginning of the semester.


Online Ordering - Used Textbooks

Substituting a New Textbook for a Used

Our inventory of new and used textbooks varies from minute-to-minute during peak buying times at the beginning of each semester. In some cases, the textbook you selected may not be available as you specified (new or used). Although you will receive confirmation of your online order, your order is not completed until we pick your books and process your payment which can take us up to one business day. During this processing time, in store customers may have purchased the textbooks you ordered prior to us pulling and processing your order.

When this occurs, a new textbook can be substituted for an out of stock used textbook if you select this option when placing your online order. Your payment amount will then change to reflect the retail price of the new textbook.


Textbook Pricing

Textbooks are, in many cases, expensive books. This is due to the specialized nature of the content, the cost of publishing, and the cost of freight. We try to keep prices low, and to offer alternatives, including as many used books as possible. See below for price comparisons between new and used books.

New Textbook Used Textbook
Price $100 Price $75
GST $5 NO TAX $0
Total $105 Total $75
Buyback Return -$50 Buyback Return -$50
Total Cost of Book $55 Total Cost of Book $25

Textbook Returns

Return Policy for Fall 2019 Course Materials

You can return and/or exchange Fall 2019 course material until 4:30 PM on Tuesday, September 17, 2019.

The following course materials are not eligible for return at any time:

  • Custom courseware;
  • Activated digital material;
  • Culinary and medical course supplies.
For our complete return policy, please visit our Return Policy page.