City University of Seattle Bookstore

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For convenience, low risk, and a wide variety of competitively priced textbook choices-including new, used, rental, and digital-purchasing from University Book Store is a great choice.

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On this site, select the appropriate quarter and fill in any of the search fields. All titles that are available online are also available in the store, so if a book is listed as "currently unavailable," then it is not yet in stock.

Not all courses at CityU require print textbooks. A complete list of required resources for each CityU course is found in CityU's Course Document Lookup. Please note required resources are finalized 30 days prior to the start of each quarter. We recommend you do not purchase any books before then.

Yes. When checking out, simply select “Charge & Hold” for your shipping preference. This service is provided free of charge. You will receive an email when your textbooks are ready for pickup. Textbook pickup is at the textbooks info desk (located on the bottom floor at the U District Store.) Personal ID is required.

CityU has arranged for eligible students receiving financial aid to bill their course resources to its University Book Store account. Students selecting this option will find their book costs deducted from their financial aid disbursement; provided their financial aid has not disbursed prior to the book charges. Please contact CityU's financial aid department at 206-239-4540 or finaid@cityu.edu with your questions about this option.

A list of students eligible for this service is provided to the University Book Store by CityU prior to the start of each quarter.

When completing your online order, select your desired form of payment in the CityU Billing section of your cart. Charges to your CityU account should appear in 1-2 weeks.

Yes, with a receipt! The last day to return your textbooks will be listed on your receipt. New books must be in new condition (no water damage, highlighting, dog-eared pages, etc.). Pre-packaged course supply kits and books that are accompanied by software must be un-opened. Your University Book Store sales receipt is always required.

Yes. We buy textbooks at the University District store year round based on national market value. Textbook BuyBack applies to UW, Cascadia, City University of Seattle, Cornish, Digipen, and the high schools we serve only. Current school ID required. However, during quarter finals, textbooks that will be used in the upcoming quarter will be bought back for up to 50% of the new book price, unless one of the following events occurs:

  • The instructor has not requested the book for the next semester. (Textbooks that will not be used in the upcoming semester will be bought back at market value.)
  • We have already bought back as many copies of the book as we need.
  • There is a more recent edition available.
  • The book has no national market demand.
  • The book is not in resalable condition.

You do not need your receipt to sell back your books; however, you do need your personal ID.

Processing time to shipping for titles in stock is currently 1–3 days. For titles that are not readily available, will we contact you via email with revised information on the availability of your selection(s).

For details and information please contact the Textbooks Online Order Department at 1.800.335.7323 (or 206.634.3400 in the Seattle area), extension 333.

Current information on shipping rates for textbooks can be found here.

Contact the University Book Store's textbook department toll free at 1.800.335.7323 for information about your textbook order.

  • Save your receipt. It is required for returns.
  • Preference for USED or NEW textbooks will be followed depending on availability.
  • Course Packs, Class Notes, CDs and Software, Lab Manuals, and Workbooks are available only as NEW.
  • If you cannot find a course or section, check CityU's Course Document Lookup to find the list of resources required for your course.

If you cannot find a course or section, the instructor has not submitted an order to University Book Store.


CityU Resources


Textbook Refund Policy & Deadlines

Refund deadlines are the last days for students to return textbooks in their original condition with receipt for a full refund. Textbooks cannot be returned after a class has ended.

Receipts are required for all refunds. Textbooks must be in purchased condition for a full refund.

If you drop or withdraw from a class, you can return your book within 14 days after the start of classes (full term courses only). A proof of drop/withdrawal is required at the time of return. This excludes Rented Textbooks.

Our goal is to ensure that all students have access to textbooks in a timely manner so we're unable to make exceptions to these return periods.

U District Store

  • Winter:
    • 10 Week Class - 5 Days from the Start of Classes.
    • 5 Week Class - 3 Days from the Start of Classes.