Brown University

Coursebook Information for Faculty

Contact the Textbook Department:
Phone: 401-863-2270
Fax: 401-863-7094
Email: textbooks(at)

We Want to Serve You

The Bookstore's primary goal is service–to provide you a wide range of quality book services, as well as other academic and general retail services. Our most important academic service is to provide course books and course materials for sale to students each term. Read below to find out about faculty course book and material ordering and about general communication with the textbook department.

Faculty Course Book and Materials Ordering/Communications

Academic Departments often designate department staff as a liaison to the Bookstore to coordinate department faculty's course book and materials orders, completing the textbook order forms and relaying messages between the Bookstore and faculty.

We offer several options for ordering all of your desired course material.  Please review these options to determine which is the best and most convenient for you.

Course Material Form Downloads
Please note: These order forms are for Brown faculty, instructors & authorized affiliates only.
--Download the Course Material Order Form
-- Email filled-out form to Textbooks(at) or
--You may also fax form to us at 863-7094 or send via campus mail.

 If you have any questions or comments, please contact Textbooks at 863-2270 or textbooks(at)

Request Deadlines

Faculty Course Book and Course Pack Material Orders are due:
--March 31st for Summer Session
--April 1st for Fall Semester (I)
--September 15 for Sping Semester (II)

Early faculty course order information enables the Bookstore to provide the best possible price to students at buyback and to effectively manage its inventory. It also provides sufficient lead time for the staff to acquire new and used textbooks and course pack permissions.

In recognition of the special effort faculty take to meet the Bookstore’s early ordering due dates, faculty who submit course orders by the due date receive a Bookstore Courtesy Card for 20% off general trade books and most Campus Shop merchandise.

The Faculty Center Network
The Brown Bookstore has now also teamed up with the brand-new internet solution company Faculty Center. This new connection will allow faculty to browse hundreds of textbooks online, read valuable reviews and information, and request their desired textbooks. Simply click on the link below and make sure to register with Faculty Center once you get there, giving you access to this valuable system.

Foreign Books
Foreign books present particular problems with order lead times, pricing and return policies. Some foreign books are not regularly stocked, and need a good deal of lead time to get them here on time. Often the selling price can be very high due to foreign exchange rates.

Course Pack Materials
In addition to course books, many faculty supplement their class instruction with anthologized materials. These are produced by Brown Graphic Services and sold by the Bookstore as course packs. Course packs are shelved with the textbooks required for a particular course, providing a convenient one-stop shop for both course books and course pack materials.

Visit Brown University Graphic Services

Deskcopy Requests

Desk copy requests must be sent directly to the publisher.  Please contact the publisher directly: either online, by email, or by phone.