Important Textbook Information

Purchasing Fall Textbooks

This semester, students will purchase course materials through a completely new process—contactless shopping. Simply place your order online and we will quickly pull your items. You may pick up your order at the store or we can ship your order to any destination. To adhere to physical distancing guidelines, in-person textbook shopping and browsing is not available.

Fall 2020 textbook booklist is currently available. Please note, not all courses materials are fully displayed and textbook requirements may change due to updates in course delivery (impacted by COVID-19)

Shop Your Personalized Booklist by Schedule

Within 24 hours of enrolling in classes, you’ll have access to your personalized booklist. You’ll see the required and optional books for your registered courses as well as the available formats. To view your booklist, log in to our website by clicking Log Inabove and select Login for Cornell Users.

Shop by Course

If you haven’t enrolled in classes yet or you want to see what course materials will be used in a particular class before enrolling, you can view textbooks by course without logging in.


To accommodate student enrollment and course changes, the refund deadline for textbook purchases made between July 20, 2020 and September 20, 2020 will be October 7, 2020. View the full textbook return policy.

Returning Textbook Rentals from Spring Semester

The rental return deadline has been extended beyond the original May 16, 2020 return date to September 18, 2020. To determine the best option regarding your rentals, please follow the guide below:
  • I wish to buy out and keep my rentals: Rental buyout (the price of the book minus what you already paid to rent) can be charged directly to your bursar account. Please contact us if you’d like to process a buy out and keep your rentals.

  • I will be returning to campus for Fall 2020: If you are returning in the fall 2020 semester, you may wish to bring your Spring 2020 rentals back to campus with you. Please bring your rental to The Cornell Store (main campus location) between September 9-18, 2020.

  • I will not be returning to campus for Fall 2020: Please contact us to obtain a prepaid shipping label or to buyout your rentals: Additional processing fees will be incurred for any rentals not returned by the return date early in the fall semester (to be announced). To avoid this fee, it is best to buyout any rentals you know you will have the ability to return.

Textbook Buyback

In-store textbook buyback for the spring 2020 term is currently unavailable. To offer this service remotely, The Cornell Store has partnered with leading buyback providers Nebraska Book Company and MBS Textbook Exchange to offer students the opportunity to sell no longer needed textbooks.

Through our Virtual Buyback Program, students can indicate the books they would like to sell and will be offered price quotes and a free shipping label. Once buyback books are received at the respective vendors, payment is issued in the form indicated during your checkout experience.

Please visit our Textbook Buyback page for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

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