Jessie's Rec: This series is fun for the elementary school age adventurer! What a fun, creative and powerful story about kids who can truly become the animal which best describes their personality....Kids love these books.

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Spring Textbooks: Information for Students and Instructors!

We carry a range of new and used course materials for a variety of classes from UW-Madison and Madison College!

Come In this Weekend!: We recommend coming in on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or Monday (January 17-20th) for the best chance at getting used books. Most titles, used and new, will be here by Friday Jan 17th. We will continue to carry course materials for the first 6 weeks of the semester, so make sure to stop in sooner rather than later!

Save Money!: Please note that used textbooks are not available to order online, but we DO have used copies of many titles in stock--we strongly recommend coming into the store to see if used copies of your textbooks are available BEFORE you order online! We also offer rentals on select textbooks in an effort to make this semester a little more affordable for you.

Sell Your Old Textbooks!: We are still buying back your course books from previous semesters--the last day to sell old course books is MONDAY, JANUARY 20th, so make sure to come by before that time for a chance to get cash back on your old textbooks.

We are open from 10am-8pm Mon-Fri and 12-5 on Sunday. If you have any questions about coursebooks, please call us at 608-257-7888. We are not able to hold course materials--out of fairness, used and new textbooks are only available on a first come, first-served basis.

Instructors!: If you are an instructor looking to have us carry course books for your class, it isn't too late! Please get in touch with us by email (room@chorus.net) or phone (608-257-7888).

About Us

A Room of One's Own Bookstore has been a fixture in downtown Madison, Wisconsin since 1975.

Our New Location: In late July 2012, Room moved to 315 W. Gorham St., joining forces with our friends at Avol's Bookstore, just down the street from Community Pharmacy. We are now pleased to offer new and used books, in twice the space we had at our Johnson St. location! We encourage you to bring your gently-used books in to sell.

Avol's Used Books: Avol's continues to maintain a used book buyback counter in our space. The hours for used book buying are: Noon to 6pm, Mon-Sat. We are always interested in buying good, clean used books. We generally do not buy books with underlining, highlighting, water damage or severe wear. We do not buy Romance novels, Westerns, Reader's Digest books, magazines or journals. If you have any questions or would like to talk to the used book buyer, please call 608-255-4730 and ask for Ron. You can also find Avol's on the web at www.avolsbooks.com.

Front of new store

A Room of One's Own is an independent, local bookstore: Room offers a wide selection of current and classic fiction, nonfiction, periodicals, graphic novels, local interest titles, gifts, greeting cards, and t-shirts. We also have strong children's and young adult, women's studies and LGBT fiction and nonfiction sections.

Room's feminist community: We are proud to be a central part of Madison's women's community, and our roots in Madison's feminist community go deep. Our store has given us the opportunity to provide a meeting place, event forum, and safe space. We are happy to host community events. If your small book or discussion group would like to use our community room to meet, please call ahead to check availability at 608-257-7888. 

Web Orders and e-books: We are happy to be able to offer e-books and web orders for in-store pickup or mail delivery through our website! Please note that our website does not reflect our in-store stock: please call us at (608) 257-7888 to find out if we have the title (new or used) that you would like.

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