Spring 2020 Buyback
We are unable to hold our end of term buyback in person. Please see the Daily Semester Buyback information posted below.
- UMBC or government issue ID required for buyback
- End of term and back to school buyback dates are posted regularly. The bookstore pays 50% of the retail price for needed texts during these times.
- Buyback takes place the week of finals for the Fall and Spring semesters. Look for our advertisements for exact dates each semester, or call the textbook desk at 410-455-2699.
- Retail: Represent those titles our campus instructors have adopted and, if in resalable condition, generally earn 50% of the retail price until we reach our quota.
- Wholesale: Are purchased if they are not needed on our campus, but have a national demand. Up to 35% of the retail price may be paid for these books in resalable condition.
- No Value: We do not buy photocopied course packets, damaged books, and most old editions. Check your textbook value click here.
Follow these three easy steps:
Step One: Find and add the books you want to sell by searching your purchase history or by entering ISBN numbers.*
Step Two: Print your packing list and the free pre-paid shipping label that will be sent to you as an email link once you finalize your quote.
Step Three: Bring your books and pre-paid shipping label to the Bookstore and we will pack and send it out for you!**
Please note: Once your books are received, a check will be mailed to you within 3 weeks.
*ISBN's are usually located on the back of a book, or in the inside front cover of your book near the copyright date.
**You may also pack and send your books free of charge on your own.
When a student comes to the bookstore to sell back their textbooks.
The value of a given textbook is determined by which of two categories it falls into, retail or wholesale. Retail means the bookstore has received an order from faculty for this title. Wholesale value is the current market value based on MBS analytics.
Most used books are considered multiple use items and may contain some highlighting or writing. This is not the case for study guides, workbooks, lab / special manuals, and law books. No more than 6 pages of the book can have writing. Many books come with CDs, manuals, or other supplementary materials. When selling a book back these items may be required. We do not buy items with any kind of visible damage including but not limited to water / liquid damage, spine damage, loose or missing pages, and books with torn, taped, or missing covers. Books must be in sellable condition to be purchased. We do not accept instructor's, teacher or professional editions or international editions.
Yes. The student will be billed through Student Business Services the difference between the original purchase price and amount paid to rent the textbook.
Before the book buyback period, student-athletes must pick up their book scholarship form from their academic advisor. Between the buyback dates,student-athletes must bring their book forms and all books purchased with their forms to the bookstore for buyback. The bookstore will note on the form which books were bought back and for what value. If the bookstore does not buy any book back for any reason, student-athletes must return the book and form back to their advisors. At that time, the advisors will take the student’s forms and note on their sheets that the student has returned the un-bought book back to ACSA.
If a student fails to return their book form entirely, they will be assessed a 50% charge of the original purchase value to their student account (via financial aid). If a student fails to return a book that was listed on their form as no value or lost, they will be assessed a 50% charge of the original purchase value to their student account.