Book Options

It’s good to have options.

We are committed to making course materials affordable and accessible for University of Dayton students by offering all course materials in as many formats as we can at the best possible prices. In addition to new books, the Bookstore offers used, rental and e-books for courses whenever possible for those students who want to save some money or minimize their environmental impact.

Used Books

Used books cost about 25 percent less than their new counterparts. Oftentimes these books are just as good as new, with the added bonus of already having the important points of the book highlighted! And by purchasing used books, you’ll reduce your environmental impact, both in paper and shipping waste. Look for the yellow “USED” sticker on a book’s spine to see if used copies are available.

Used books are available as part of our Book Buyback Program. At the end of each semester, bring your books back to the Bookstore to receive up to 50 percent of the new book price, regardless of where you bought the book or whether you bought the book new or used. 

Rental Books

The Bookstore offers a range of rental textbooks. Pay a fraction of the price of the book and agree to bring it back to us at the end of the semester. As long as the book is not damaged and is turned in on time, your commitment is fulfilled.

Rental books can be as much as 50 to 60 percent less than the new book purchase price. Books eligible for rental will have the rental price listed on the book’s shelf tag. You’ll receive email reminders to return your rental book(s) closer to the end of the semester. If you do not return the book, you will be charged the difference between the rental and purchase prices. The book will then be yours to keep or sell.

Rental policy

Highlight, mark and treat the book like it’s your own. Just drop it off at the end of the semester. Avoid water damage, spine damage, torn covers and missing pages.

You must provide a valid credit card as collateral at the time of the rental purchase. You may use your scholarship to pay for the rental, with a valid credit card as collateral; no money will be charged to the card unless the book is not returned to the Bookstore at the end of the semester.

If you decide that you want to buy your rental for later use, you may do so at any time during the semester. All you have to do is pay the difference between the rental and purchase price of the book.


Hundred of e-book titles are available through the Bookstore, both online and in the store. E-books are priced lower than the cost of a new textbook and are easily accessible on nearly any device you use.

Contact Us


Marianist Hall 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0700