UW-Waukesha contracts with an outside vendor for Book Store Services. Visit the UW-Waukesha Bookstore website for information on textbooks and materials, store hours, and much more!

Contact us at (262) 547-9150

UW-Waukesha Bookstore
1500 N. University Drive
Waukesha, WI 53188

Best Price Promise

The UW-Waukesha Bookstore will beat online competitors' prices for buying or renting books by 10%. The book must be sold from and must ship from the website in which it was found. We do not beat prices for books found on marketplace websites where private sellers list their books (ie. Ebay). Students must provide proof of the current price being offered by online competitors for the bookstore to accept it.

Book Buy Back

The UW-Waukesha Bookstore buys back books everyday! We will buy your books no matter where you purchased them. This is an opportunity for students to turn the books they no longer need into cash. We do buy back books throughout the year; however, the best time to sell us your books is Finals Week.

We do not buy back International Editions or Instructor's Editions of books.

Reasons Affecting Buyback Value

  • Instructor has authorized re-use of the book.
  • Instructor has discontinued book or not indicated it will be used next term.
  • Bookstore is now overstocked.
  • Publisher has a new edition, and prior edition has no value.
  • Book is too ragged or in too poor condition to be resold.
  • Book has limited nationwide demand.
  • Book is an international edition.

Note: The UW-Waukesha Bookstore suggests that distance students check with the universities, colleges, and bookstores in your area for their buy back schedule. It is more convenient for our traveling and online students.

Life of a Textbook

The average life of a textbook is about three years; this is often when a new edition appears. The closer a book gets to this age, the less value it has. Because of this, you should sell your books as soon as possible after you have determined that you no longer need them. Buying books from other sources is a risk as textbooks can vary per semester.                                  

Special Features

Bookstore provides a selection of Supplies, Textbooks, Personal Items, Cards, Gifts, Stamps, Art Supplies, UW-Waukesha Apparel, and much, much more.

If we do not carry a title, we can special order it for you.

Use Financial Aid To Pay For Books

If you expect a financial aid refund because your award covered more than the cost of tuition, you may be eligible for a book deferment. In order to be eligible, you must have received and submitted your financial aid award offer and completed your online loan counseling and Master Promissory Note.

Students can fill out the book deferment form online or in Enrollment Services. They should be dropped off in the Enrollment Services office and can be picked up in two days. If you qualify, the approved form can be taken to the campus bookstore and used to bill your book fees to your spring balance (which will be taken out of Financial Aid prior to your refund being processed). If you have questions, call Enrollment Services at 262-521-5040 or stop by the office.

Distance Education and Online Textbooks

Textbooks for ALL Distance Education Courses (including Compressed Video, Wisline Web, Computer Based Training and Online) are available through UW Colleges Online Bookstore or call 262-524-1378.

Return Policy

All merchandise returns including clothing, gifts, cards, supplies, drug store items, clickers and books must be accompanied by a receipt. Merchandise cannot be returned without a receipt.

Refunds will be given back in the method by which the merchandise was originally purchased.

Merchandise Returns

Full refund, with receipt for up to 1 week from purchase date.  After 1 week, exchanges for store credit only.  No refunds or exchanges on sale merchandise.

Book Returns

All book returns must be accompanied by a receipt within the time period allowed for returns as listed below and in the same condition as when purchased. Course Packs are not returnable.  Access Codes are not returnable.

Books purchased as new and returned with writing, highlighting or worn pages will be reimbursed at half price. In addition, any shrink-wrapped book must remain in its original shrink-wrapping to receive a full refund.

New books that include a CD:  CD must be in its original seal or wrapping to receive a full refund.  Any books that were sold with a CD must be returned with a CD intact to receive a full refund  (ex:  CD seal or wrapping unbroken).

Traditional Fall and Spring classes have three (3) business days, from the first published scheduled start date of class to return books for a full refund with a receipt.

Summer and Winterim classes have one (1) business day from the first published scheduled start date of class to return books for a full refund with a receipt.

Dropped Classes

Additional return time is granted for full refund of books equal to the time the school issues a full refund.  Returns of books for dropped classes must be accompanied by proof of drop.

Rental Returns

The due date for returning rented books is the last day of finals. When renting books, students sign an agreement to return them by the due date. The agreement also states failure to make the due date will result in replacement charges being applied to the renter's credit/debit card. Charges vary per book.


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The Bookstore returns all textbooks on the shelves to publishers three weeks after the start of classes.  Please be sure to you buy your books before then.