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CLOSED for Inventory Sun Aug 2 4pm - Mon Aug 3 12pm

We will close early on Sunday and open late on Monday to conduct our annual store inventory! We apologize for any inconvenience. Please email the store at room.bookstore@gmail.com with any questions and we will get back to you on Monday afternoon!

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). 

Indies First: Meet Your Local Authors! Plus Holiday Sales at Room

The Year of Billy Miller Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062268129
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Greenwillow Books - September 17th, 2013

The Conditions of Love Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781455519750
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 14th, 2013

But Not for Long Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780312655310
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador USA - September 28th, 2010

Sea Creatures Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062219602
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperTorch - July 30th, 2013

Personal Effects Cover Image
Email or call for price
ISBN: 9780763655273
Availability: Special Order
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 11th, 2012

WI Book Festival

A Room of One's Own is once again pleased to be a part of the Wisconsin Book Festival! You will find amazing Wisconsin authors reading and signing books all over town, including here at Room and at the beautiful new Downtown Central Library!

Room's 38th Anniversary Sale!

Happy birthday to us! Room turns 38 this year.

In celebration, everything in the store will be 10% off from Friday April 26 to Sunday April 28th! That's right--all in-store purchases, new and used, book and non-book, will be discounted those days. We will also have some tasty treats!

A Room of One's Own Cover Image
$13.00
ISBN: 9780156787338
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P - December 27th, 1989

Panel Discussion on Self-Publishing

A Room of One's Own is proud to host local authors and editors for a panel discussion on the risks, rewards, craft and business of self-publishing. Interested authors are encouraged to attend and bring questions about the process!

Wisconsin Book Festival

Every year, A Room of One's Own proudly partners with the Wisconsin Book Festival to host readings in our store and provide books for events all around the city. To find a full schedule of events, locations, and times, please check the WI Book Festival website!

Room's Grand Opening Events and Prize Drawing!

In celebration of the grand opening of our new space, we're hosting two weeks of fantastic events featuring award-winning, world renowned authors, including Michael Perry, Chris Cleave, and Kevin Henkes, as well as up-and-coming new talent like David Pratt, Mark Zubro, and Antoine Wilson. We are thrilled to welcome them in our store and hope to see many of you here, enjoying the bigger and better event space!

As a thank you to everyone who has supported us during this transition, we will be holding a Prize drawing for a gift certificate to the store! There is no purchase necessary to enter, but we do request a limit of one entry per person. There will be a box at the front counter from October 2nd through October 12th, and one lucky winner will get a $100 certificate to the store!

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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