The Swarthmore Campus & Community Store buys back textbooks during the last two weeks of each semester. Books that are bought back to resell in our store are determined by faculty who have communicated to the bookstore that they will continue to use the same book from the current semester for the upcoming semester. When the Store is purchasing a book to resell, we offer up to 50% of our used retail price, regardless of whether the book was purchased new or used. If the book is not required for the coming semester, we will check online used book wholesalers and offer you a price determined by that wholesaler. Books that have no value but are being used in the current semester will be offered a dollar. To sell a book back, make sure it is in resalable condition. Books with water damage, significant and excessive highlighting and notes, missing or torn covers, or that are out of print or old editions, typically have no value.
By participating in selling back your books, you are ensuring that quality used books are available to you and other students at Swarthmore and at other colleges and universities. And best of all, recycling textbooks is an environmentally sound practice.