Early College Textbook information
What you need to know about your Early College textbooks. Find out where to buy them, which ones to buy, and how to care for them.
When will I know what textbooks I need?
You will be able to access the textbooks you will need at the time of class registration.
How do I get my textbooks?
While Northwestern tries to use online and open educational resources when possible, most courses have hard copy course materials. You are responsible for purchasing your own textbooks for each course.
Where can I buy my textbooks?
Textbooks can be ordered through Northwestern’s Campus Store or through alternative vendors (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.). The Campus Store sells textbooks to students at the lowest possible price, with a mark-up reflecting only the minimum margin necessary to cover operational costs. The Campus Store also is committed to providing as many used textbooks as are available. Textbooks from the Campus Store are priced and available for sale at the beginning of each semester. You may purchase textbooks online to be picked up the week that classes begin.
Does it matter what version of books I buy?
You should purchase the required version of the textbook as indicated for each course. Purchasing a different version than stated by your professor may make assignments and reading a little more difficult.
May I write or highlight in my textbooks?
It is up to you. Some students choose to resell their textbooks. If you choose to re-sell your textbook, please note that writing or highlighting can devalue the book.