Textbook Affordability

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 first class 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 proud to offer rental textbooks.  You pay a fraction of the price of the book and agree to bring it back to us at the end of the semester. If a book is eligible to rent, the price will be on the listed on the book’s shelf tag.  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 Skyo to offer even more rental titles to you. 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. These books do not come from the store, so it is important to know that the books have to be shipped to you. Have them shipped to your home or have them shipped to your campus address, but give yourself enough time, as this takes longer than simply coming in to the store and renting. This partnership with Skyo allows us to offer more selections for Rental, and as another benefit, you can choose to return your rental book back to us at the end of the semester and we'll take care of returning it to Skyo for you!


The University of Dayton Bookstore has hundreds of e-book titles for you to shop, both online and in the store. E-books offer content at a price that is lower than the cost of a new textbook and easily transportable on nearly any device you use. Have all your books handy on your device and easily accessible at any given moment! 

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.