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FAQ for Students on Buying and Selling Course Materials at Room

A Room of One's Own carries a range of new and used course materials for a variety of classes from UW-Madison and Madison College! Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions.

 

How do I find your store?

We are just a few blocks from campus! We are just off of State St. at 315 W. Gorham St. If you can't find us, just give us a call at 608-257-7888 and we can help. Also note our hours: Mon-Sat 10-8 and Sun 12-5.

 

When should I stop in to buy my books?

The best time to come in is the week before classes begin. By then, we usually have had time to get most course orders from your professors, order the books (including used copies), and have then checked in and ready to go on the textbook shelves.

 

Should I order my course books online?

You can order them online, but we recommend you stop by the store instead. We offer used copies of as many course books as we can get, and these books are only available on a first-come, first-served basis in our store--they are not listed online. If you decide you'd rather order online, please choose the 'pay online with credit card' option--we only hold course materials if they are already paid for out of fairness.

 

What if I want to return books for a full refund?

In general, we do not take course books back for a full refund. The only exception is if you drop a class--if you do drop a class and need a refund, bring the books back in their original condition along with the receipt and a copy of your new course grid within the first 2 weeks of the semester. We cannot offer a refund unless all of these conditions are met.

 

Can I sell books back to you after the semester is over?

We do happily buy books in between semesters! The buyback period starts the week of finals and goes up until the day BEFORE classes begin the next semester. We aren't able to take every book, but we do buy back for ourselves and for a national wholesale company, so we encourage you to check (even if you didn't buy the book from us originally). In general, your best bet is to come in right before the next semester starts--by then, most instructors have told us which books they are using that coming year, so we are able to offer a little more for those titles. You don't need a receipt or anything but an ID to sell books. We cannot buy back looseleaf editions of coursebooks or iClickers.

 

Course Materials: Information for Students

A Room of One's Own carries a range of new and used course materials for a variety of classes from UW-Madison and Madison College! Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions.

When should I stop in to buy my books?

 

The best time to come in is the week before classes begin. By then, we usually have had time to get most course orders from your professors, order the books (including used copies), and have then checked in and ready to go on the textbook shelves.

 

 

A Room of One's Own carries a range of new and used course materials for a variety of classes from UW-Madison and Madison College!

 

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The best time to come in is the week before classes begin. By then, we usually have had time to get most course orders from your professors, order the books (including used copies), and have then checked in and ready to go on the textbook shelves. 

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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). 

Book Launch! Erika Janik: Author of Marketplace of the Marvelous

A Room of One's Own is proud to welcome Erika Janik for the launch of her new book, Marketplace of the Marvelous!

An entertaining introduction to the quacks, snake-oil salesmen, and charlatans, who often had a point.

Marketplace of the Marvelous: The Strange Origins of Modern Medicine Cover Image
Email or call for price
ISBN: 9780807022085
Availability: Special Order
Published: Beacon Press (MA) - January 7th, 2014

Holly Near Ticket Giveaway!

Beloved women's musician Holly Near is coming to Madison to play the Barrymore on April 20th!

From April 13-19, True Endeavors is providing one free pair of Holly Near tickets if you spend $100 at A Room of One's Own! That's a $40 value for free!

World Book Night!

Room will, once again, be a host bookstore for World Book Night! Apply today!

World Book Night is a FREE program designed to help community members get free books into the hands of adult readers.

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. 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.

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.

WE HAVE MOVED!

We are now happily installed in our new location at 315 W. Gorham St, with our friends from Avol's Bookstore!

Thank you so much to all of the wonderful volunteers who helped us make the move--you were so dedicated and efficient that we were moved much more quickly than we had anticipated! We so appreciated your hard work and good cheer in helping us move.

Here is the view from the front of the store (featuring staffmember Amy behind the desk and volunteers Melissa and Ingrid browsing books!) Front of new store, bright yellow walls and lighting, overlooking the front desk and fiction area.

We spent Monday trying to get settled, doing some rearranging and getting displays set up.  We opened Tuesday, July 24th  at 10 and so far we think the response has been wonderful. We are certainly proud of all the work that has gone into this move. We are still a work in progress, but we think you'll be amazed at how beautiful the store looks!

If you have any questions for us, you can still reach us at (608) 257-7888 and room@chorus.net!

5/8 Releases!

State of Wonder Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062049810
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - May 8th, 2012

Finally out in paperback!


Home Cover Image
Email or call for price
ISBN: 9780307594167
Availability: Special Order
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 8th, 2012

We have a limited number of signed copies available in the store!


Circle M Farm CSA Partnership!

A Room of One's Own is thrilled to once again be a part of Circle M Farm's Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program! This summer we will continue to serve as a drop-off point for bimonthly boxes of beautiful, organic fresh produce and sustainably-raised meat and eggs.

flats of sprouting greens in a beautiful greenhouse

To find out more about Circle M's CSA program, check them out at www.circlemfarm.com!

The Marions standing in front of barn with pitchforks

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