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Textbook Distribution FAQ

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When can I pick up textbooks for the upcoming semester?

Please refer to the mini-calendar on the right side of this page for dates and times for this semester's Textbook Distribution information. You can also see our full calendar for more information.

What will I need to pick up my textbooks?

You will need your current book list, current UCM student ID, and a form of payment.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, credit cards, or you can charge the books using your financial aid. You must bring your student ID to use financial aid.

Can I order my textbooks online?

Yes, you may order your textbooks online. You may have them shipped to your home or reserve them for pickup at the store during our reservation dates. Go here to order your textbooks from us. You will need your student ID number and class schedule to place an order. For more information, visit our Textbook Reservation FAQ page.

How much will shipping my books cost?

Shipping rates: $10 for the first book and $1 for each additional book.

How do I locate my books in the textbook area?

Textbooks are shelved in alphabetical order by the author’s last name. Signs are located at the end of each aisle, and shelf tags with the book title and course numbers are on each shelf. If a book is used for multiple classes and/or sections they will all be listed on the shelf tag. Please ask a University Store Associate if you need additional assistance.

How can I tell a rental textbook from one I have to buy?

The shelf tags will indicate whether the textbook is available for rental or purchase. In addition, rental textbooks have yellow "Renter Responsibility" stickers on the outside cover, and used textbooks have yellow "USED" stickers on the spine or cover. The shelf tags also specify whether textbooks are "required" or "optional." UCM faculty recommend that you come to class prepared with all required course materials.

What is the "Renter Responsibility" for rental textbooks?

By accepting rental textbooks from University Store, you agree to the following:

  • Return the textbook by the close of business on the last day of finals
  • Exercise reasonable care while the book is in your possession
  • Make no marks except yellow highlighting
Why is my textbook not available as a rental?

There could be several reasons your textbook is not currently available for rental. Possible reasons include:

  • The textbook is a paperback text, looseleaf or spiral bound
  • The textbook is for a graduate level course
  • Faculty has requested the textbook be available for purchase only
My book is only available for rental, what if I want to buy it?

Simply ask an associate who will locate a retail copy for you. If none are available, one will be ordered. For your convenience, we will allow you to borrow the rental copy until the new copy is received – typically in 7 to 10 business days. Please refer to the mini-calendar (above right) or our full calendar for the last day to apply the rental fee toward the purchase of a new textbook, if you chose to rent initially.

What if my book is not on the shelf?

If you cannot locate a book by the author’s last name, please ask a University Store Associate. If there is a shelf tag for a book but the shelf is empty, please ask for assistance. If additional copies are unavailable, we will issue you a rain check and notify you when the textbook arrives – typically in 7 to 10 business days. Once you have been notified, we will hold the textbook for a maximum of 24 hours.

Why are some of the textbooks wrapped? If it is not wrapped, does that mean it is used?

Publishers and wholesalers decide whether to wrap the books or not. All used textbooks will be clearly marked with a yellow "USED" sticker on the spine or cover. If you purchase a new wrapped textbook it cannot be returned as new if the shrink wrap is removed.

I accidentally bought the wrong book. May I return it?

Please refer to our mini-calendar or full calendar for the last day to return textbooks with receipt.

I attend UCM Summit Center. Do I have to go to University Store in Warrensburg to get my textbooks?

UCM Summit Center students may obtain textbooks without visiting University Store on the Warrensburg campus. Students may order textbooks online. Simply click on the textbooks link on the main page and follow the instructions. A shipping fee of $10 for the first book and $1 for each additional book will be applied to your order when shipped to your home or business address. Additionally, customers who choose "Transfer to Lees Summit, MO campus" will not incur shipping fees, but will pickup their order at the Summit Center in Lee's Summit, MO. In addition, each semester University Store sets up a remote location at the Summit Center. Our Lee's Summit location only has books for classes taught at this site. Textbooks for online classes must be pre-ordered.

Distribution Calendar

To view the calendar click here