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Potsdam Prepared: Fall 2021 Updates

Ordering your textbooks through the College Store (OPTIONAL)

The College Store is the official SUNY Potsdam textbook retailer and stocks professors’ required and recommended course materials. Getting the right books and course materials is important to a student’s academic success. The College Store has a direct connection to faculty instructors and each semester it orders materials the faculty have requested. In many cases, this includes special course packs, CDs and study guides.

Books ordered online through the Store’s website can be shipped or pre-packed for pick-up on campus. The online ordering system will show you which titles are required, recommended or suggested for courses. The Store sells textbooks in different formats: new, used, e-book, or rental. USED books are generally 25% less than the new book price, rentals and e-books are usually less expensive than new. The Store also has a price comparison tool for easy reference.

Online ordering and pre-packing begins two weeks prior to the start of the semester. Pre-pack orders are filled first, so the chances of getting a preferred format is greater when ordered online. All orders are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students who choose not to pre-pack can come and purchase the books at The College Store in Barrington Student Union.

Changes to course titles, books and materials can be made prior to the start of the semester, so ordering books for prepack will assure greater accuracy. You will be notified as to when and where to pick up your books via email. The College Store has a textbook buy-back program and a full inventory of school supplies. Books ordered through The Store may be paid for with Bear Express or credit card.

Each online pre-pack includes a $4.50 flat fee handling charge.

Order textbooks online

  • Go to
  • Under the Textbook link
  • Click on Order Textbooks
  • Go to “How to Order Textbooks, Step by Step”, a PDF of step by step instructions will pop up
  • Review the instructions
  • After following the instructions, go back to the Textbook link and go to “Click here to order your textbooks”
  • Once you have completed your order, you will receive an email confirmation about where and when to pick up your books