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.

Incomplete list of courses carried by Room of One's Own for Fall 2018

AAS 272 Fall 2018

AAS/ENG 672 Fall 2018

AAS/GWS 625 Fall 2018

AAS 628 Fall 2018

AH 802/500 Fall 2018

ANTH/RELIG ST 343 Fall 2018

ANTH 909 Fall 2018

CA 455 Fall 2018

CA 950 Fall 2018

CES 140 Fall 2018

CES 578 Fall 2018

CH/LAT 201 Fall 2018

ENG 173 Fall 2018

ENG 241 Fall 2018

ENG 411 Fall 2018

ENG 700 Fall 2018

ENG 800 Fall 2018

ENG 808 Fall 2018

EPD 275 Fall 2018

EPD 397 Fall 2018

FOLKLORE 320 Fall 2018

FOLKLORE 451 Fall 2018

GWS 320 Fall 2018 (Phelps)

GWS 320 Fall 2018 (Shlasko)

GWS/ENG 350.001 Fall 2018

GWS/ENG 350.002 Fall 2018

GWS 445 Fall 2018

GWS 449 Fall 2018

GWS 469 Fall 2018

GWS/PSY 522 Fall 2018

GWS 530 Fall 2018

GWS 533 Fall 2018

GWS 640 Fall 2018

GWS 720 Fall 2018

GWS 880 Fall 2018

HIST/ASIAN AM 160 Fall 2018

HIST 600-009 Fall 2018

HIST 938 Fall 2018

HIST SCI 720 Fall 2018

ILS 102 Fall 2018

IS 266 Fall 2018

IS 601 Fall 2018

LACIS/HIS 268 Fall 2018

LIS 601 Fall 2018

LIS 646 Fall 2018


SOC 496 Fall 2018

SOC 535/735 Fall 2018

SOC/RSOC 754 Fall 2018

SOCIAL WORK 523 Fall 2018

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-Thurs 10-8, Fri-Sat 10-9, 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 them 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?

Please note, we only accept course books for a full refund if returned by Wednesday, September 12th, 2018. Returns must be accompanied by a receipt from our store. If you paid by credit card, we will only refund onto the same credit card with which the item was purchased.

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.