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Coronavirus Update

Valued customers:

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact our national and local communities, the CU Book Store website is open and we continue to ship orders, however, the physical store is closed.

Here is some helpful information and things we are doing:

  • If you are taking summer courses, please order your course materials here. Free shipping is available on orders of $49 or more.
  • Course materials come in many different formats, information may be found here
  • You can rent summer course materials. The deadline for summer rental check-in is August 12, 2020. You will be provided a FREE shipping label to ship your rental books back to the CU Book Store. Save the box they arrive in for easy return shipping.
  • Should you wish to send your books back prior, please mark the package as follows and be sure to include your full name and IdentiKey username (not your password) with your books:

  • CU Book Store
    ATTN: Rental Returns
    36 UCB
    1669 Euclid Avenue
    Boulder, CO 80309
  • If you choose not to return your rental books, they will be converted to a purchase and you will be charged the difference between the rental and purchase price. You will not be charged additional fees. Please note that our rental prices are low in many cases and the difference may be quite large. We recommend you do what you can to return the books.
  • Staff will continue to monitor email, please reach out to us with questions [email protected]

We appreciate your patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation and encourage you to view the regular updates about the campus response and ways to protect yourself. We look forward to seeing you in our store again soon.


Faculty FAQs

Fall Term - Due by March 30th

Summer and Maymester Terms - Due by March 7

Please visit the bookstore faculty resources page for additional information.

The CU Book Store will do everything possible to make sure the materials you request are available for Maymester, summer terms and Fall 2020 to support student learning. If you choose to use a physical book we will do our best to have it available for students. However, due to supply chain issues associated with the Coronavirus, physical books may not be available to students.

Digital course materials guarantee access for your students. If you would like to consider course materials that are available digitally or through the Day 1 Digital Access program, please reach out to [email protected] or [email protected]. Digital textbooks are easily available to students through cubookstore.com and Day 1 Digital Access materials are made available through Canvas.

Additional information on digital materials and Day 1 Digital access may be found here

Open Educational Resources (OER) may meet your course materials needs. See the CU Boulder Libraries OER LibGuide to learn more. Please let us know you are using OER by contacting [email protected] or [email protected].

Yes, students can still order from www.cubookstore.com and course materials for summer may be ordered here. We can answer questions via live chat on the website and [email protected] Orders are currently being shipped as quickly as possible.

Student FAQs

Yes, students can still order from www.cubookstore.com and course materials for summer may be ordered here. We can answer questions via live chat on the website and [email protected] Orders are currently being shipped as quickly as possible.

The deadline for summer rental check-in is August 12, 2020. You will be provided a FREE UPS shipping label to ship/check-in books. You do not have to wait until August, you are welcome to send books back when your course(s) is complete.


Please check your Colorado.edu email for more information or contact [email protected]

Should you wish to send your books back by another shipping method, please mark the package as follows and be sure to include your full name and IdentiKey user name (not password) with your books:


CU Book Store
Attn: Rental Returns
36 UCB
1669 Euclid Ave.
Boulder, CO 80309

All packages must be postmarked by August 12, 2020 to avoid penalty. We strongly recommend that you ship your parcel with tracking and insurance to protect against lost and/or damaged shipments. If you use the prepaid UPS shipping label provided above this is not necessary.

If you choose not to return your rental books, they will be converted to a purchase and your student tuition and fee bill (where applicable) will be charged the difference between the rental and purchase price. You will not be charged any additional late fees. Please note that the CU Book Store’s rental prices are low in many cases and the difference between your rental price and the purchase price may be quite large. It is recommended that you return the books to avoid additional charges.

​Please allow 4-6 weeks for your rental books to be processed after the shipment is received at the CU Book Store. Please reach out to the CU Book Store with questions at [email protected]

Textbook sellback at the CU Book Store will be offered when the physical store reopens and information will be found here. If you include any textbooks that are not rentals in your shipment, they will be donated.

We will be offering textbook sellback when the store reopens. More details will be available here.

If your class is using course materials that are available in a digital format, we encourage you to purchase that format. Digital materials are available for purchase at cubookstore.com and you will be able to access them immediately. If your course is using Day 1 Digital Access materials you will access them through Canvas and your tuition and fee bill will be charged. More information may be found on the bookstore FAQ.

If ordering physical materials, students are encouraged to place an order and have their materials shipped. Please be aware that supply chain and other logistical challenges may arise related to the Coronavirus pandemic making physical textbook availability limited. Orders are being shipped as quickly as possible. ​

Students may charge digital and physical books to their student tuition and fee bill; additional information may be found here . Staff will continue to monitor email, please reach out with questions to [email protected]

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