Book Buybacks Disrupted

April 24, 2020 | Volume 51, Number 9

Along with the move of classes online and closed campus buildings this spring, reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic had disrupted another campus tradition for students and boookstores: the textbook buyback season. The University of Wisconsin-Stout and Brigham Young University provide two examples of the workaround for students who want to sell their textbooks back to the bookstore.

University of Wisconsin-Stout in March extended its textbook return deadline to September 8, closer to the fall semester. That would facilitate physical return of books if students are back on campus. Alternatives include returning books to campus by mail or using the book drop, which is always open for students on campus to make returns.

At Brigham Young University, the BYU Store in April eliminated the limited sell back period and is allowing students to sell back their books at any time. Books also may be sold back to Amazon or other retailers.

BYU students who rented textbooks should be receiving an email and a pre-paid shipping label from the BYU Store. Books should be returned to the BYU Store buy May 31. Any rented books that are not returned by the deadline will be billed to the student’s financial account.

We welcome your views. To submit a letter to the editor, send us an email to