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).
Daily UBC Bookstore buyback dates
March 1 - 28 (closes at 2pm on 28)
April 2 - 5 - no buyback
April 29 - Aug 16 (closes at 2pm on Aug 16)
(no buyback from September 16 - November 4)
Nov 4 - Dec 6 (closes at 2pm on Dec 6)
(no buyback Jan 13 - March 3)
Larger Follett buyback dates (Vancouver)
April 8 - 27
August 19 - September 11
December 9 - 21
Jan 2 - 11, 2014
Larger Follett buyback dates (Okanagan) - closed on Saturdays
April 8 - 25: 930am - 330pm
April 26: 930am - 2pm.
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.