Textbook FAQ


  1. When can I purchase my textbooks?
  2. Why do my textbooks cost so much?
  3. When can I sell my textbooks back?
  4. What is the deadline for returning my textbooks?
  5. When is Book Buyback?
  6. How can I find out what books I will need for my class?
  7. Can I place my books on hold / reserve and pick them up later?
  8. Can you tell me, over the phone, prices for my books and other textbook information?
  9. Why are we using new editions?
  10. Why won't you buy my book?
  11. How much will you pay me for my book?
  12. Can you give me my book's ISBN #?

1. When can I purchase my textbooks?

Usually, textbooks are available for purchase one week before your term. Online textbook sales begin 1-2 weeks prior to in-store sales. Check the Important Dates page for the latest info for your term.

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2. Why do my textbooks cost so much?

On average, 65% of the sticker price for new textbooks will go back to the publisher. The author will receive about 11.6% in royalties and almost 2% will go to the freight company. After covering expenses, the bookstore makes an average of 4.4% in profit, which is then dispersed into the campus, helping to keep the student's institutional costs lower.

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3. When can I sell my textbooks back?

Book Buyback is during finals week at the end of the term, and often during the fourth week of classes. Exact date and time are located on the Book Buyback page. You can also try posting a classified ad on the Bookstore Bulletin Board located in the Business Office hallway, behind the bookstore. Classified ad forms are located at the bookstore registers.

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4. What is the deadline for returning my books?

The end of the first week of classes for a full refund, through Tuesday of the second week of class with proof of dropped class. All returns require a receipt. You may check an up-to-date timeline for returning your textbooks on the Important Dates page.

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5. When is Book Buyback?

Book Buyback is during finals week at the end of the term, and often during the fourth week of classes. Exact times and updates are located in the Book Buyback page.

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6. How can I find out what books I will need for my class?

Click the "Textbooks" button located on the blue navigation bar at the top of the Bookstore website. Under the "Textbooks" tab, click on the "Buy" option. Enter your term, department, course, and section. If a text is required for your class, you may purchase it here as well.

You can also login to your LBCC Webrunner account to acquire required text information.
-Log into Webrunner on the LBCC Homepage
-Select Student
-Select Registration
-Select Term
-Select View and Order Your Textbooks On-Line!
-You will then be directed back to the Bookstore website for online purchasing

If you do not have access to the internet, please come into the Bookstore and utilize the kiosk located in the textbook department.

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7. Can I place my books on hold and pick them up later?

No, although you may order your textbooks online and have them shipped to your front door!

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8. Can you tell me, over the phone, prices for my books and other textbook information?

The most efficient way to acquire your textbook information is to utilize the bookstore website and gather all the information at once. If you do not have access to the internet, please come into the Bookstore and utilize the kiosk located in the textbook department.

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9. Why are we using new editions?

New Editions are selected when a percentage of material in older editions are deemed obsolete or out dated. This decision is made by the instructor for the benefit of the student.

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10. Why won't you buy my book back?

There are several reasons why you might not be available to sell your book to the bookstore at the end of the term:
-Your book will not be used in class during the following term.
-A new edition has been published and will replace your current text.
-Your book is not considered to be in acceptable condition.
-We will not accept torn pages, books with missing pages and any liquid damage to pages.

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11. How much will you pay me for my book?

We offer a compeitive price based on current market value. You could receive the Wholesale Buyer's Guide price if the book will not be used at LBCC and will be used at other institutions, or you are selling the book during a time other than Book Buyback.

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12. Can you give me my book's ISBN #?

The most up to date course information and textbook details can be found on our website. This is the easiest and quickest way to get the information you need. We have all the current pricing and availability for texts located on the Bookstore website. You may also come into the store and get the information you need after books go on sale.

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