The Textbook Depot, located in the lower level of the Kopp Student Center is open all year, and offers all materials required for class, including new and used textbooks and textbook rentals. All other school supplies (notebooks, pens, binders, etc.) can be purchased in the Campus Store, located on the upper level of the Kopp Student Center.
Students need to create an online account to purchase their textbooks online at the college bookstore website and can pick them up at the Textbook Depot or have them shipped via UPS for a delivery fee. Textbooks go on sale online one week before textbooks are sold in-store, and by buying your books early before school starts you can avoid long lines and potential backordered books. Payment options include book-charging accounts for financial aid, payment plans, and third-party payments, or payments can be made with check, cash, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard and Discover only).
All textbooks (including optional titles) are returnable only until the end of the second week of classes. Textbooks may only be returned if they have not been removed from their original shrink-wrap and are accompanied by the original sales receipt. Books purchased for classes that meet for two weeks or less are only returnable within two days of purchase. For more information on return policy, click here.
The bookstore encourages students to purchase book rentals and used textbooks. Rentals and used textbooks are available in limited quantities for many classes on a first-come, first-served basis at a reduced cost. Rentals must be returned by the rental return due date.
Normandale Community College courses with textbooks titled as 'digital access' (electronic books and materials) are billed, along with tuition and other fees, directly to the student's Normandale account, reflected as an "e-Textbook Fee". Courses using digital access textbooks are clearly marked in eServices, and the fees are posted in the course notes. Digital access charges are considerably lower than traditional textbook costs.
PSEO students must pick up their books from the Textbook Depot in person. Parents or other individuals are not allowed to purchase PSEO textbooks because PSEO students are required to sign the PSEO Agreement when they pick up their books. Students should select their courses here and print a Book List, which they will present along with a photo ID to pick up their books. PSEO students are only allowed required textbooks for classes, and will be held accountable and charged for textbooks of dropped/withdrawn classes or any optional/duplicate textbooks charged to their PSEO accounts. PSEO students are not eligible to order online, or to have their textbooks shipped to them. For more information on the PSEO program, please click here.
Financial aid must first be used to pay for tuition and textbooks. Excess financial aid can be used to purchase numerous other items including school supplies, computers, backpacks, headphones, etc. each semester. Financial aid cannot be used to purchase clothing or food items. If you would like to increase your book-charging amount to purchase a computer, you can contact a Bookstore employee in-person or request via e-mail here.