The Swarthmore Campus & Community Store buys back textbooks during the last two weeks of each semester. 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, will not be purchased.
If a faculty member has communicated to the bookstore that they will continue to use the same book from the current semester for the upcoming semester, the Store will purchase it to resell to Swarthmore students. When the Store purchases a book to resell, we offer up to 50% of its used retail price, regardless of whether the book was purchased new or used.
If the book is not required for the coming semester, Store staff will check online used book wholesalers and offer you a price determined by that wholesaler.
For books that were taught in the current semester but are not being resold and are not wanted by a wholesaler, the Store will offer a dollar.
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, reusing textbooks is an environmentally sound practice.
If you wish to sell textbooks other than when the Store is not holding buyback, you can sell them back online using the following link on any date. Note that the online buyback link generally pays less than the Store.