Students can purchase textbooks and other course materials from a variety of sources. To find out what textbooks they need in advance, students can check the University Book Store or Underground Textbook Exchange Web sites. Shortly before classes begin, some faculty will e-mail the syllabus, which lists course materials and locations for purchase, and/or post it online at Learn@UW. Keep in mind there are sometimes “required” and “recommended” materials, so it can be advantageous to wait until after the first day of class before purchasing books.
Textbooks can be expensive, but below are some cost-saving alternatives.
- Look early for used copies, being careful to purchase the correct textbook edition.
- Shop at an online marketplace such as Amazon, eBay, or Exchange Hut. Again, be sure to purchase the correct edition.
- With support from the UW Foundation Parent Fund, the campus libraries keep some copies of high-cost textbooks on reserve.
Students may also be required to purchase course packets, lab equipment, and/or art materials. These items are available at campus or local stores.
Please note that the bookstores and online marketplaces listed above are private companies not affiliated with or endorsed by UW–Madison.