We like to keep it local.
Through our Buyback program, we get many of our used books directly from our students – and pay them, not a company. But it’s not just us – we pass your used books on to other universities across Canada, so everyone can save on their education.
If you’ve learned everything you can from your textbooks, sell them!
To reduce contact between customers (and spare you a trip), please check whether we're buying your title using our real-time Buyback estimator before visiting campus.
Buyback Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
10 am - 4pm
Where is Buyback located?
How does it work?
What do I need to bring?
Do you buy back every book?
We only buy titles that can be re-used as textbooks at the University of Calgary or another Canadian university. This means it’s more likely that we’ll be able to purchase textbooks that are commonly used year after year, like your introductory chemistry text or English classic.
We do not accept binder ready versions for re-use, as there is no way for us to confirm that every page is still in the bundle.
Since someone will re-use your book after you, we only accept books in good used condition for Buyback. What qualifies as good used condition will be determined by the sole discretion of the University of Calgary Bookstore. Here are some general guidelines for what we consider good used condition. This list is not comprehensive, nor binding.
- The spine is intact
- No pages are missing, including the cover
- The book remains fully legible, with minimal to moderate tears, bends, creases, or water damage
- Highlighting, doodles or notes remain moderate and do not affect legibility of the text
How can I check which titles I can sell, or how much I can sell them for?
How much can I get for my book?
Depending on which university needs a title, different prices are offered. If the University of Calgary Bookstore can use it, we offer up to 50% of the current new book price. If it’s being used on another campus, you’ll get up to 30% of the current new book price. Sometimes we can buy your books for used book wholesalers, and what they pay for books varies widely.
If you want to check the cost in real time, use our real time Buyback estimator.
Why aren’t you buying a certain title anymore?
Once we have enough books to meet demand for the University of Calgary Bookstore as well as partnered universities across Canada, we no longer purchase that title. Similarly, if a new edition is now being used, or that course is no longer being offered, we won’t need used copies of it going forward.