Textbooks buyback

NEW: Buyback app:UBC students can check the buyback value of their textbooks on smartphones: Apple iPhone and Google Android mobile platforms. With the app you can use your smartphone's camera to read barcodes. No need to type in the ISBN of your books!   At the start and end of Terms 1 and 2, we have larger buyback promotions (at this time we able offer textbook buyback in-store only. We cannot accept books sent to us through the mail).

VANCOUVER: Larger buyback dates - closed on Sundays. In partnership with Follett:

August 25 – September 13 - please note buyback ends 30 minutes before the Bookstore closes each day.

December 6 – 20

January 5 – 14, 2015

Daily Vancouver UBC Bookstore buyback dates:

November 3– Dec 5

Please note, there is no buyback from Sept 13 - Nov 3, Jan 14 - March 2.

OKANAGAN: Larger buyback dates. In partnership with Follett:

Aug 25 to 29- 9:30 to 4:00 

Sept 2 to 5 - 9:30 to 4:00

Sept 8 to 10 - 9:30 to 4:00

Sept 11 - 9:30 to 2:00

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who determines the buyback price?

If the book is being used again at UBC for the following term, you will receive up to 50 per cent of the new price of the book. Books not being used again at UBC may be bought by our wholesale partner who determines the price based on demand in North America. Check the value of your textbook (updated regularly, but prices may adjust).

What if I bought the textbooks somewhere else or don’t have my receipt?

No problem. You do not need a sales receipt to sell your textbooks back to us.

Do I have to carry all my heavy books to the Bookstore for buyback?

Not always – at the end of each term we’ll come to you. Look for buyback details in your residence commons in April. Sign up for our email service on the right hand side of this page for notification of buyback dates.

What if my textbooks can't be bought back?

Try our student-to-student Used book classifieds. UBC Bookstore works with Books for Africa, a non-profit organization that ships textbooks to Africa. You can donate unwanted books to this program at our front cashiers and we’ll ensure they continue to be of use to students in developing nations.

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