Textbook Affordability

Textbook Affordability

At the University of Dayton Bookstore we offer many different options and programs to help our customers find the most affordable course materials possible.

Our Commitment

We are committed to offering all of the course materials for the University of Dayton in as many formats as we can at the best possible prices. We offer top notch customer service, and have the ability to handle things that come up like an instructor changing their mind about a book. When things like that happen, we always work with the student, the same can't always be said of our online competitors, and so if you buy it from us, we've got all your bases covered for you!

Used Books and Book Buyback Program

Our used book program is built upon an excellent book buyback program. At the end of every semester, students can bring their books back to us, and receive up to 50% of the new book price, regardless of whether you bought the book new or used. It is also important to note that you can sell your book back to us no matter where you originally purchased it. We want your books and we are willing to pay top dollar for them. There are several factors that affect how much money you get back during book buyback:

  1. Has your instructor reordered the book for the upcoming semester?
  2. Does the Bookstore need more copies, or have we bought our limit?
  3. Is the book damaged in any way(missing pages, water damage, binding broken)?
  4. Is there a pending new edition of the book, or is the book already an old edition?
  5. Was the book sold as a bundle, and pieces are missing?
  6. Is there a wholesale demand for the book (are other colleges looking to use this book)?

All of these factors are very important when assessing the value of the book - but the most important consideration is if we are reusing the book the following semester.  If so, chances are good that you will get 50% of the new book price.

We order used books numerous times a day, through multiple book wholesalers, trying to stock as many used books as we possibly can. Supply can be limited for newer titles, but if it's out there as a used book, we are going to do our best to get it for you. Used books are typically priced 25%-30% lower than their new book counter parts, and if a book is an older edition, we can buy it for cheaper from both the students at buyback, and from the wholesalers, and in return we can sell it for less, passing along that savings to our customers.

Used books are born from new books, so while we would love to offer you all used books, unfortunately, it's just not possible. Books change editions every few years, so sometimes we can only offer a book as new, but through our healthy buyback program, we can offer almost all used copies of these books after a semester or two.

Rental Books

The University of Dayton Bookstore is also proud to offer rental textbooks. Our in-store rental program has grown to over 200 available titles. Response to our program has been overwhelmingly positive. Rental titles are priced at 40% of the new book price and must be returned at the end of finals week for the semester the book is rented. As long as the book is not damaged and is turned in on time, your commitment is fulfilled. However, penalties accrue if your book is late coming back, or the book is lost or never returned. Just remember to bring it back!

We also have partnered with Follett Higher Education Group to offer even more rental titles. Designed as a supplement to our existing in-store rental program, we have made available more rental titles that are managed as an on-line transaction. This allows us to offer more selections for Rental, and as another benefit, you can choose to return your rental book back to us and we'll take care of it.


We also offer over 50 titles in e-book format to our students. E-books are less expensive than new books and often times priced similarly to the used edition. We know that everybody likes to learn and study differently, and this is yet another option we feel is important to offer our students. We now offer numerous titles for free directly on the front page of our website - with the plan to offer more in the coming months.

Competitive Pricing

In an effort to help keep costs down to our students we have also undertaken yet another cost savings initiative. We have begun shopping our entire booklist online to see exactly how competitive we are. In some instances, contrary to popular belief, we were priced lower than our online competitors. In other instances, we were about the same. But where we really placed our focus was on the titles we were not competitive on at all.