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Textbook Distribution FAQs

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When can I pick up textbooks for the upcoming semester?

Textbooks for the upcoming semester are generally available four weeks prior to the first day of class.

What will I need to pick up my textbooks?

Please bring a Course Materials list, UCM student ID, and a form of payment.
A personal Course Materials list is acquired by following these steps:

  • Log in to My Central using your campus ID#
  • Click on the "Student" tab and then click “Student Records and Registration”
  • Scroll down to "Registration" block and click on "Order Textbooks"
  • Click the "Student" Tab at the top of your screen
  • Click "Registration"
  • Click "Select Term"
  • Select the current term and click submit
  • Click "Order Textbooks"
  • Click the link that says "Click here for your books"
  • Click “Print book list” on the top right

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, debit/credit cards, and financial aid. A UCM Mule Card student id or mobile credential is required to use financial aid.

Can I order my textbooks online?

Yes. The steps to order your textbooks online:

  • Go to
  • Click the "Campus Links" button, select "My Central"
  • Log in with your username and password
  • Click on the "Student" tab and then click “Records and Registration”
  • Scroll down to "Registration" block and click on "Order Textbooks"
  • Click the "Student" Tab at the top of your screen
  • Click "Registration"
  • Click "Select Term"
  • Select the current term and click submit
  • Click "Order Textbooks"
  • Click the link that says "Click here for your books"
  • After adding books to your cart, click Continue to Checkout
  • Ensure all selected books are displayed in your cart, then click Continue Checkout
  • Follow all on-screen prompts accordingly, then select payment options
  • Login with the University Store, or register a new account
  • Select Delivery Method and location. Click on continue to Payment Options
  • Select Payment Method, then click Submit Payment. A confirmation number will be displayed and emailed
  • Notification is sent when order is completed and available for pickup/shipping
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 hung below each stack of books. 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?

Rental textbooks have yellow "Renter Responsibility" stickers on the front cover.

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
    • Rental books not returned by the last day of finals will result in a charge for the cost of a new replacement textbook.
  • Exercise care while the book is in your possession
  • Make no marks except yellow highlighting and pencil
Why aren’t all textbooks available for rent?

Possible reasons include:

  • The textbook is a paperback, loose-leaf, spiral bound, an annual edition, or consumable
  • The textbook is for a graduate level course (5000 and up)
  • 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 issue a rental copy until a retail copy is received, typically in 7 to 10 business days. Rental fees will be applied to reduce the cost of the retail book through the sixth week of the semester.

What if my book is not on the shelf?

If you cannot locate a book, please ask for assistance. If additional copies are unavailable, we will issue you a rain check and notify you when the textbook arrives, generally within one week. Once you have been notified, we will hold the textbook for a maximum of 24 hours before it is returned to our general inventory for sale to other students.

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

Publishers decide to shrink-wrap the books to protect the integrity of loose-leaf publications, packaged sets, etc.
New and Used textbooks are distinguished by a yellow “USED” sticker on the spine or cover of the book. If you purchase a wrapped textbook it cannot be returned for a full refund if the shrink wrap is removed.

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

The last day to return course materials for a full refund for Fall and Spring semesters is 10 business days, beginning on the first day of class. Summer semester classes generally have a 5 day return period for refunds.

I attend UCM at the Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC), do I have to go to University Store in Warrensburg to get my textbooks?

No. UCM at MIC students may order textbooks onlineto be picked up at MIC or at the MIC store during the limited operating hours.
Click here to view our hours of operation. Our Lee's Summit location only has books for classes taught at this site. Textbooks for online classes must be pre-ordered.

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