Textbooks and Reading Materials

Barnes & Noble at Boston University Bookstore

We know that affordability is a major concern for today’s students, and that it’s often the main reason why faculty members adopt a particular textbook.  We want to help you find the course materials that work for you and are affordable for your students.  The Barnes & Noble at Boston University bookstore offers a comprehensive textbook program that includes a variety of textbook options all aimed at affordability.  We offer an extensive catalogue of affordable textbooks and reference books – including rental, digital, new and used formats – to help save up to 60 percent on textbooks and achieve success in the classroom.

With over 80 percent of titles typically available in rental format, your students will have access to the industry’s leading textbook rental program. And this year, with the introduction of flexible pricing, students will have the choice to rent a new or used textbook at different price points, with the option to purchase their rental at the end of the agreement.  Boston University students also have access to the largest digital library in the industry, with over 3 million titles to choose from.

Textbook Adoptions

So, what can you do to help ensure that your students have access to these affordable options? First, you can make sure that you get your textbook adoptions in early – typically a few weeks before finals. We share your goal of wanting students to be prepared for the first day of class, and early textbook requests enable us to find, purchase and stock the best cost-saving options available.

Early adoption also helps our used textbook and Cash for Books cycle function properly. When we receive textbook adoption requests early, we can be sure to offer students cash back for those books that will be reused next semester. In turn, those books become part of our used textbook inventory, saving even more students money in the future.


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Lastly, you can help your students by letting them know before classes begin that the campus store offers this range of affordable options. By directing students to the campus store for their course material needs, we can work together to make sure that they have everything to help them succeed.

How to Place Your Adoptions

At any college or university, faculty members like you play a critical role in delivering the ultimate academic experience for students.  As your campus store, it’s our job to help you fulfill that role by providing you with the resources and support that you – and your students – need to succeed.

This year, we’ve launched a new, online adoption platform called FacultyEnlight – a simple, user-friendly experience that will help you discover, adopt and deliver your course materials to the campus bookstore.  Think of your campus bookstore as THE source for affordable course materials – where it is simple and convenient to adopt textbooks. And, you can choose the method that’s best for you.

Scott Chandler

Department Manager




Kristi Randall

Textbook Coordinator




– Stephen Turco, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at Boston University

Information about textbook adoption and other services for faculty can be found at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Boston University. Included among the services is preparation of course packets of reading material for courses and selling them directly to the students while complying with copyright law. You may also want to visitFaculty Enlight, the one-stop online textbook resource.

You can place reading materials on reserve at the library. Call 3-3739 to receive and fill out the required form.