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The Fall 2016 textbook list is available. Use your Hope School ID card to purchase your textbooks online and become eligible to win a $100 gift card! When checking out, select STUDENT ACCOUNT from your payment options and then enter your 6 digit meal card number on the back side of your school ID. We will announce the winner at the end of the month!

Order your books onlineTextbooks are arranged on the shelves in the textbook section alphabetically by department, course and section number (e.g., ENGL 100-01). Be sure you have a copy of your schedule when looking for books since section numbers do matter.

If you’d like to see a list of books for a course, you can check our online booklists. Booklists are typically posted two to three weeks before the term starts. After the list is posted, changes are made as we receive updated information. Prices are current at the time of posting.

Enrollment variations, publisher backorders and other concerns will occasionally cause us to run short of books. In these cases, we will rush order books upon request for those students who still need them. Please ask if you can't find the title you need, as we don’t automatically reorder out-of-stock books.

When to Buy Your Textbooks

If you live in the area and wish to buy books early, you are welcome to come and shop. However, you don’t need your course materials for classes until after you arrive on campus. Some students prefer to wait until they attend class before purchasing their textbooks.

Refund Policy (Course Materials)

Refunds on course materials are available through the end of the Drop-Add period of each semester and are subject to these conditions:

  • Returns must be accompanied by a current register receipt
  • New books or materials must be in mint condition
  • Student I.D. is required

If you drop or change a course, or if you have purchased the wrong book, a full refund of the purchase price is given on all course materials during the Drop-Add period. A validated Drop Slip or Class Schedule is required.


You may also return a book for any other reason (e.g., don’t need it, bought another somewhere else, etc.). However, there is a 10% restocking fee which to cover return shipping costs to publishers for leftover books. You do not need a Drop Slip or Class Schedule, but the return must be made by the refund deadline.

Online Access Codes

Don’t open or use online access codes if you might possibly need to return the item for a refund. If taking a language course, wait until you are certain you will not be moved into another level of the course before using any such code.

After Drop-Add

Course materials purchased after the Drop-Add period are non-returnable unless purchased for second-half-semester courses. They may be returned during the Drop/Add period for those courses only if the course is dropped.


Overstock most often occurs when students purchase books (especially used books) on speculation and then return them to us after shopping elsewhere. In the meantime, we order additional books for students who need them. Returning this excess stock, which includes shipping charges and publisher’s penalty fees, is a significant expense. This policy protects our customers from changes or mistakes beyond their control and allows equal access to used books while helping us more closely match our inventory to anticipated sales. If you have any further questions about this policy feel free to contact us.

Rush Orders

If we run out of a textbook, we do not automatically re-order. Ask at the kiosk, and we will help you fill out a Textbook Want Card. We will place a rush order for your book and contact you as soon as it arrives.

Defective Books
Defective books will be replaced immediately. Both new and used books are guaranteed against defects; however, replacement of used books is subject to their availability. When only new books are available, the customer will have to pay the price difference between the used and new copies.
Book Prices
Textbook prices vary widely depending on your major and year of study, but you can expect to pay anywhere between $250 and $400 each semester. Pre-med and nursing students will generally pay more, while some humanities students may pay less. Textbooks are expensive to produce and have a relatively small student-based sales market; books at the bookstore are sold at competitive prices and we welcome comparative shopping.
Used Books

The bookstore does not have any choice about the titles or prices of books  ordered for courses. We can, however, offer used books at substantial savings to students, and we actively seeks to obtain as many used books as possible.

The best source of used books is still our own students. If you don’t choose to keep a textbook as part of your permanent library, please consider selling it during buyback at the end of each semester so it can go to another student looking for textbook savings.

Publisher Access Codes
A recent component added to some new textbook packages are online “access codes” that allow students to log on to a publisher’s website and access additional content. If a professor requires this type of content for a course, the bookstore will purchase new textbooks that include the code. In some cases the code can be purchased separately, but be aware that used books and most rentals may not include the code. In many cases the publisher sells the code for a disproportionately high price, which means used books are not an economical option. When possible, the bookstore will provide used book packages containing new access codes codes for a cost savings.
Coupons and Coursepacks

Some items sold at the Bookstore are unique to Hope College and will not be available from online sources or other bookstores.

Coupons for specific courses are sold through the bookstore for items or services provided in class, including additional handouts, lab materials, periodical subscriptions or the cost of specialized equipment.

Coursepacks are compilations of materials from books, magazines or other sources that allow a professor to create a customized “book” for a class. The bookstore pays copyright fees attached to this material as well as actually creating the publication. When the same coursepack is reused by the professor, it can be sold at book buyback.

Book Buy-back

The bookstore buys textbooks back from students during exam week at the end of every semester. We pay the best prices for books being reused the following semester, but we will buy any book that has value to us or a wholesaler. We may limit particular titles if quantities are likely to exceed the estimated need.

The bookstore pays up to 50% of the purchase price for titles to be used at Hope the following semester. Current-edition books not used at Hope may be sold through the bookstore to a used book wholesaler for prices around 15% to 30% of the original list price. Due to edition changes or lack of national resale market, some books will not have any resale value regardless of their original purchase price.

Faculty Services

Textbook Orders for your classroom

As a general rule, textbook adoption forms are due at the bookstore on the following schedule: 

  • Fall Semester Form: Due late March
  • Spring Semester Form: Due late October
  • May, June and July terms and Summer Seminars: Due March 1
The bookstore has partnered with VERBA Software to provide an online textbook adoption tool that will help streamline the book adoption process. If you are teaching at Hope College, you will receive a personalized e-mail from the bookstore listing the course(s) and section(s) you are teaching. Simply follow the online process to submit your book orders.

Partial orders are welcome. It is essential to know what books you intend to reuse, both for book buyback and for overstock returns. Do not order a title if you are not sure you’ll use it.

  • Use one form per course
  • If you do not need books for your course, please tell us
  • Supply complete information, including your best estimate of class size
  • Sign the form
  • Please do not use the phrase “same as before”
If you have any questions, contact Craig Thelen, bookstore director and textbook manager, at 7381 or thelen@hope.edu
Campus publications

In addition to textbooks, many professors now use campus publications to provide materials and information to their students. Three types of campus publications are supported by the bookstore to meet varying academic needs:

Departmental Publication

A departmental publication is generated by the department — for example, a workbook created by a professor, or the Health Dynamics text authored collectively by kinesiology faculty. Departmental publications have no material that needs copyright permission filed and the production is overseen and paid for by the department.


If the material you wish to use includes a substantial amount of copyrighted material such as book selections, website material, journal essays or articles, then you need to create a coursepack. The bookstore offers the service of filing for permission and also handles most of the production details.


Coupons are the most flexible option we offer. Faculty use coupons, bought by the students at the same time as their textbooks, to cover lab fees, supplies to be handed out in class, audio-visual resource costs and copying costs for incidental handouts.

Desk copies
We do not factor desk copies into our textbook orders. If you need a desk copy, please order it directly from the publisher. If you anticipate needing to borrow any titles from the bookstore before your copies arrive, please indicate that information on your textbook adoptions form.
Student textbook Reorders
The bookstore does not automatically re-order textbooks that we run out of at the beginning of the semester. We purchase only what the actual enrollment numbers predict each class will need. If the enrollment of a particular course fluctuates during the drop/add period and some of your students find that required titles are sold out at the bookstore, please encourage them to contact us so we can place a rush order for the books they need.