Bookstore Year End Sale
The SWCC Bookstore is having a mega savings sale to close out the year. Head on over to the SWCC Bookstore between now and the end of June to get 30% off SWCC apparel and souvenirs and 25% off gift merchandise and greeting cards.
Instructor Textbook Adoption Form
Complete the form below and click the Send Request button at the bottom of the page. This will submit your request(s) to the SWCC Bookstore. A confirmation email will also be sent to the E-mail address provide below.
This form is for use by instructors only.
Who selects the textbooks that the SWCC Bookstore sells?
Course materials sold are chosen by the instructors and are selected by what information best fits their teaching needs. Instructors choose texts that will best compliment, amplify, expand and enrich what they will present in their class.
Why should I purchase my textbooks?
Textbooks and course materials serve as tools of the trade to inform and guide students toward subject matter mastery and classroom success. Textbooks provide you with a 24-hour-a-day resource and give you access to the knowledge, insights, and experience of authors who are subject matter experts and outstanding teachers. Textbooks are thoughtfully written and carefully developed to distill large amounts of often-complex information in an organized format that is logical, readable and appealing.
Who determines textbook prices?
There are many factors that affect the price of a textbook. These factors include author royalties, publisher costs, marketing, publisher and author taxes, and store expenses. Each store determines the price of the books they are selling. Publishers charge a set price to all stores for any quantity of books. There are no discounts for volume, no discounts for particular stores. The Southwestern Community College Bookstore has determined that it will operate on a set margin for all textbooks at the industry standard. With this set margin of the retail price (retail price is the cost to the student) the store pays all the expenses of acquiring and selling the textbooks including rent, salaries, wages, benefits, equipment, furniture, systems, supplies, phones, etc., just like any other business.
Which are better, new or used textbooks?
This is a matter of preference. Most used textbooks are priced at approximately 75 percent of the new textbook price. These books are less expensive but may contain writing, highlighting or other marks that some students do not want in their books. New textbooks do not contain any markings and are preferred when you plan to keep a book for future reference.
What determines if my book will be bought back at the Bookstore?
The Bookstore will pay up to 50 percent of the book purchase price providing the textbook:
- Is being used for the upcoming semester
- Is needed to fill the bookstore quota
- Is in reusable condition
- It is not a optional book or workbook that would run the possibility of having pages missing
For books not needed on this campus, but having national demand, up to 35 percent of the new price may be paid to the student.
- Book prices are determined by the publishers not the Bookstore.
- Wholesale prices are based on national supply and demand
- Copies in poor condition will be deducted appropriately and possibly refused
- Old editions have no value and cannot be bought back by the Bookstore
Will I get cash back for my books when I sell them back?
No. Cash is not given for selling back textbooks at Southwestern. Students receive a refund check issued by the Business Office once the student's account is checked for those containing an outstanding balance.
Policies & Procedures
Books may be returned for a full refund within the first two weeks of fall and spring semester classes only if the student is changing or dropping a class. A drop slip from the registrar's office and the original receipt and copy of charge slip, if applicable, are required to receive a full refund on textbooks. All new books must be in the original condition to receive a full refund. New books must be unopened, unmarked, and contain all original media. Books in shrink-wrap must be unopened. Merchandise and supply purchases are final.
If you live outside the area and want your textbooks/SWCC merchandise sent to you there is a small fee applied. In order to do this you must call in with a credit/debit card to pay for the items before they will be shipped. Shipping charges are non-refundable. The Bookstore ships via UPS. In order to ship the same day, the order must be placed and paid for by 2 p.m. The Bookstore does deliver items to students in the residence halls free of charge. Or, if a student does not reside on campus, but a parent/friend wants to purchase something, those items can be delivered to them at a scheduled class. Again, prepayment of the item(s) can be made with a credit/debit card. There isn't a delivery charge for this service.