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.


Price Match

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. 


Textbook Rentals

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. 


Digital Titles

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. 

Textbook, Rental and Digital Returns

A valid receipt is required for all Textbook, Rental and Digital title returns and exchanges. 

Textbooks, Rentals and inactive Digital titles purchased 30 days prior to the start of the semester may be returned until the end of the first week of classes. Textbooks, Rentals and inactive Digital titles purchased after the return deadline may be returned for a full refund within two days of purchase. The return deadline for the semester will be printed on the receipt.
Spring 2017 Deadlines
Textbook and Rental Refund - Tuesday, January 24th 2017
Rental Return - Friday, May 12th, 2017

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.
Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

About Rensselaer Collegiate Store

The Rensselaer Collegiate Store is located in the Rensselaer Student Union.

Operating Hours

Sunday: Closed
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday: Closed

Contact Info

Questions, Comment or Suggestion?

If you have a comment or suggestion please feel free to email the Rensselaer Collegiate Store at rpi@bkstr.com. You may also call the Rensselaer Collegiate Store any time at (518) 276-6555 and leave a message.

Additional Information

Store Manager: Ken Palmer

Bookstore Office (518) 276-6555 
Bookstore Fax (518) 276-6507


Mailing Address

Rensselaer Collegiate Store, Rensselaer Student Union
110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180