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General FAQ

Q: Where is the URI Bookstore located?

A: The Kingston store is located on 50 Lower College Road Kingston RI 02881 on the 1st floor of the Memorial Union Building.
*Kingston Mail: PO Box 1460 Kingston, RI 02881
The Providence store is located on 80 Washington Street Providence RI 02903 in room 211 in the Shepard Building.

Q: When can I start placing my fall 2016 order?

A: Online order for the upcoming Spring semester begins August 15th.

Q: What is the deadline for ordering?

A: Orders placed after September 1st will take 1-2 business days to be processed.

Q: When can I pick up my textbooks?

A: September 2nd to the 9th from 9:00am to 4:00pm

Q: When is the last day to pick up my textbook order?

A: September 20th until 4:00 pm

Q: How long do I have to return my books for a full refund??

A: September 20th until 4:00 pm

Q: When is the last day to pick up my textbook order?

A: The refund/exchange deadline is February 6th, 2016

Q: Can I have my textbook order shipped home?

A: Yes. All customers have the option to have their order shipped home instead of choosing store pickup. There is a flat rate of $4.99 for shipping (+tax if it is being shipped to a location in RI). There is NO shipping to Residence Halls but you can choose to have your order shipped to your Union Express mailbox. Orders with invalid shipping addresses will be changed to store pickup. All orders are shipped via USPS Media Mail (3-7 days deliver in most cases). Please plan accordingly.

Q: Why isn't my class or instructor listed on the website?

A: If your class or instructor are not listed on our website, we may have not received and order for that class or section yet. We suggest you check back at a later date because we continue to receive orders after Move-In Weekend and Box & Carry Distribution.

Q: What does "Used Preferred" and "New Preferred" mean?

A: If you choose “used preferred” the store will pack used books if they are in stock and new books if we are currently out of used. If you choose “new preferred” then we will pack new books if they are in stock and used books if we are currently out of new.

Q: What is the difference between purchasing a textbook and renting a textbook??

A: Rentals are listed as 60% of the NEW price of a textbook. These books are due back by the last day of finals. They can be marked and highlighted in, but they cannot be damaged (water stains, large tears, missing pages, broken binding). If a book is not returned by the due date or is damaged or lost, the customer is responsible for the difference between the rental price and the purchase price.

Q: Why didn't I receive all of the books I ordered?

A: Not all textbooks are in stock at the time of order fulfillment. If a book is not in stock when we pull you order, you will not be charged for the textbook. When we process your order, we only charge you for what is placed in your box. You will need to visit the store in order to purchase any materials that were unavailable at the time of order fulfillment.

Q: When will I be charged for my order?

A: Customers are not charged the total for their order until it has been completely processed. When the order is placed, your funds will be put on hold. The money will not actually be deducted from your account until the order has been processed. There could be a difference between these two amounts if the condition you ordered (new or used) was not in stock at the time of order fulfillment.

Q: What is the return policy for textbooks?

A: the deadline for the Fall ‘16 semester is September 20th, 2016. All refunds and exchanges must be transacted by this date. The book needs to be in the same condition it was purchased in in order to receive a full refund. The money will be refunded the same way it was paid for. For example, if you paid with your credit card, we will refund the credit card, you will not receive cash back. Digital books and access codes are non-refundable once they have been activated. Course packets/modules cannot be returned unless you have successfully dropped the class or if it is defective. Please have your receipt and valid student ID with you for all refunds and exchanges.

Q: How do I return my textbooks?

A: Textbooks can be returned at our Kingston store, Providence store or via mail if the order was placed online. Please request a return label from [email protected] for your online order.

Q: When is textbook buyback?

A: URI Bookstore has started buying back textbooks all year long! Feel free to visit the store with your old textbooks and see if you can get some cash. If the book is being used for the next semester, we tend to purchase at a higher amount. If a new edition of the book has come out or if the professor is no longer using that particular book, we tend to buy it back for less.

Q: What are some tips for selling back textbooks?

  1. Take care of your books. Water damage, large tears, missing pages, etc. will cause your book to have no value.
  2. Don't throw away any supplemental CD’s or DVD’s.
  3. Don't wait too long to sell. The store can only buy a certain number of each textbook.
  4. Newer editions will tend to be bought for a higher price than older editions.