Brown University

Welcome to Brown Bookstore's Online Textbook Reservation

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

Textbooks Now Alphabetical by Subject

The textbook department has been rearranged so textbooks are alphabetical by subject. The alphabet starts at the bottom of the stairs, then wraps around the room.

Don't worry, there are still maps if you need them.  Also, look for the red signs listing courses to find your way around.  Or, ask our helpful textbook customer service!



Students, now you can compare prices online and shop for your textbooks with one click!
--You can rent your books online, as well as in the bookstore.
--Please Note: Not all textbooks are available for rental.
--Find out the best prices for your textbooks, then immediately order them from the most inexpensive vendor whether it is from the Brown Bookstore or someone else.

Now Offering Textbook Rental for select titles. 
--Rentals due back on the last day of the semester - 12/21/2018
Textbook Rental Agreement
--Please call the Textbook Department at 401-863-2270 for more details.

If you decide to order from the Brown Bookstore:
--Order your books before the semester starts and they will be ready for you. 

--Please allow 1-2 business days for online orders to be processed.
--Online orders not picked up within 5 business days of order date will be reshelved.
--Credit Card/Brown Student Charge is charged when books are pulled and processed for pickup.

Brown University Students:
--Choose 'Pick up at Store' as delivery option.
--Please allow 1-2 business days for online orders to be processed.
--'Pick up at Store' orders can be picked up at the Brown Bookstore.
--Cut-off date for Brown students: First day of classes.

RISD Students:
--Choose 'Pickup at RISD-Text' as delivery option.
--Please allow 1-2 business days for online orders to be processed.
--'Pickup at RISD-Text' orders can be picked up in the RISD Mail Room.

Textbook Return Policy

**Save Your Receipts**
--Original register receipt required for return or exchange.
--Refunds will be in the same form as original purchase with original receipt.
--Textbooks must be in original/saleable condition.
--Course packs are non-refundable once purchased.
   --Please Note: Some textbooks cannot be returned if opened.
   --Please inquire when you purchase a wrapped textbook.

Fall/Spring Semester

First two weeks of classes:
--Students have a maximum of three (3) days to return any textbook for a course
--To return a textbook for a course in which a student is not enrolled, a drop slip or course schedule is required for verification.

 Second 2 weeks of classes:
--Returns are accepted for dropped coursed only; Drop/Add form required.
--Returns must me made within three (3) days of the date a course is dropped.

No Returns after first four weeks of classes.
--Check with Textbooks department for exact date.

Summer Session Textbooks

Summer Course duration determines number of days
from date of purchase to return textbooks:
--1 week course = 1 day to return textbook.
--2 weeks course = 2 days to return textbook.
--3 weeks course = 3 days to return textbook.
--4 weeks course = 4 days to return textbook.
--7-8 weeks course = 7 days to return textbook.