The Rensselaer Collegiate Store stocks the textbooks and course materials that professors request for their classes. In addition, we also carry several supplies, notebooks and specialty items needed for your courses.
Come in to the store or visit our Textbook Ordering website to see what you need.
To search for your course materials, you will need to know the Term, Department, Course Number, and Section for the class.
If you find a lower price, we'll match it! Read the details of our Price Match program here. Prices are matched against Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or a local campus competitor. Price match purchases may be made in-store or online.
Cash For Books
Come to the cash register in the store with your books and the cashiers will let you know what is being offered for your textbooks.
We offer semester-length rental of new and used textbooks for select titles. You may write in and highlight the rental textbook. Just return the textbook to us in usable condition. Rentals need to be returned before the last day of finals for the semester they were rented. If you do not return your textbook rental prior to the deadline, you will be charged fees and to replace the textbook rental. If you wish to keep the rental, you can come in to the store with your receipt and pay the difference between the rental price and the purchase price. More details on our rental program can be read here. Availability of rentals will be listed on the shelf tag in store and on our website with the class information.
For select textbook titles, digital versions of the course material are available for purchase. Availability of digital titles will be listed on the shelf tag in store and on our website with the class information.
A valid receipt is required for all Textbook, Rental and Digital title returns and exchanges.
Returns must be in the original condition as received. Shrink wrap must be intact and software access codes cannot be revealed. Special orders and activated Digital titles are nonreturnable. A restocking fee, up to 50%, may apply in certain cases.
- A valid cash register receipt a must accompany all textbook, rental and digital title returns.
- NEW textbooks must be in original purchase condition.
- Do not write in any textbook until you are certain there is no need for a return.
- Refunds will be given in original form of payment.
- Sale items and special-order books are not returnable.
- Textbooks are not returnable if shrink-wrap is broken or disks are used or missing.
- Course packets, CDs and Electronic Media are nonreturnable.