The University Book Store is open and ready to serve the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus and the Madison community. We are taking many steps to assure a safe and clean shopping experience, including regular cleaning and disinfecting, plexiglass panels at all checkouts, floor markings to help maintain social distancing, capacity limits, and mask requirements for all employees and customers. For all of your back-to-school needs: textbooks, technology products, and school supplies can be purchased in person or online at uwbookstore.com. Feel free to contact us with questions or concerns. Thank you for supporting the University Book Store!
Add an ISBN to your buyback list by typing the number into the Enter ISBN: field. Click the Add ISBN to List button to build your list.
If you have purchased textbooks through this site, please click this link to view which of your books are part of the current buyback list.Login to View Buyback Information for Past Purchases
Click the link below to view ISBNs in your current buyback alert list. This list may also include books you have previously purchased through this site.View My Buyback Alert List
Q: What is an ISBN and where do I find it?
Q: What determines how much I get paid when I sell my books back to the University Book Store?
½ Price Books
If a faculty member has notified the University Book Store that a book will be used on campus next semester, in most cases we will pay ½ of the current new book price, even if you bought the book used or the new book price was lower at the time of your purchase. When we have met our anticipated needs for that title for the upcoming semester, we will purchase that title for the used book wholesalers.
Books not ordered for the upcoming semester
Used book wholesalers determine the prices they will pay for certain books. The University Book Store technically acts as the wholesaler's agent and buys the book for the company from the student, and thus we must use their prices. Nationwide demand, current wholesaler supply and anticipated revision dates are some of the factors that the wholesale companies use in determining the prices they offer.
Books that we are not buying back
There are four reasons why a book may not have any buyback value:
- A new edition has been published
- There is little or no nationwide demand
- There is excess wholesale supply
- The book is in poor (non-salable) condition