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How to Order Desk Copies

If you are an instructor or support staff looking to request desk copies, here is how you can do it yourself! We highly recommend doing this rather than asking Room to request them for you. Desk copies are complementary copies given to instructors by the publisher when the instructor assigns a book. This is more direct, quicker, and easier to resolve any concerns if books don't arrive. Of course, if you would prefer to have us do the requests, we will be happy to do so.

Book Clubs

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Did you know that Room offers a 10% discount to book clubs for the books they choose? We do--even if you don't meet at our store!

If you organize a book club or discussion group and need a space to meet, consider reserving our cozy meeting room. It's free--just email ahead to make sure nobody else has the room reserved for that day.

You can reserve meeting space and submit book club choices to us by filling out this quick and easy Book Club Form. You can submit the form as many times as you like for future meetings, too.

At our first opportunity, we will make online discount coupons specific to each book for your members to use on online orders. That coupon code will be included with your confirmation email after we have had a chance to review and schedule your club. 

Questions? Comments? Applause? Just email the events coordinator at roomreadings at gmail.com. 

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.

 

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.

Welcome to A Room of One's Own on the Web!

Please note, books found on the website may not reflect our in-store stock! Please call us at (608) 257-7888 to find out if we have a book in stock.

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

Contact Us

Where you can find us:
315 W. Gorham St
Madison, WI 53703


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We are centrally located just off of Madison's main downtown shopping area! We are on Gorham St. just a storefront down from Community Pharmacy, about half a block off of State St. 

Phone: (608) 257-7888
General email: room.bookstore@gmail.com
Events email: roomreadings@gmail.com

Hours:
Monday-Friday :10:00am-8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am-8:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm-5:00pm

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