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Textbooks and Libraries

Where can I buy textbooks?

Campus bookstore

The Campus Bookstore is a not-for-profit business that stocks all required and recommended materials for Queen’s courses. Used books are shelved with new ones and are generally 25% below the new book price. Used books sell out more quickly. In addition to books, the Bookstore also has magazines, stationery supplies, services, and clothing. Both used and new textbooks are returnable for a full-refund within three weeks of the first day of class. You will be able to sell some of your textbooks back to the Campus Bookstore at the end of the semester for a small amount.

Tricolour Outlet

The Tricolour Outlet can both buy and sell used textbooks here. Students set their own prices to sell the books, and, when the book sells, the student receives 80% of the price. Tricolour Outlet also sells clothing, school supplies, and tickets for the Tricolour Express bus service. They are located in the John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC).


Many new or used textbooks can be found for sale online. Queen’s Students also have a dedicated textbook exchange group on Facebook where many of the most common textbooks can be bought or sold.

Wherever you buy your textbooks, make sure you buy the correct edition of the textbook you need because sometimes earlier editions can be out of date.

What resources does Queen’s University Library offer?

The Library’s mission is to stimulate excellence in research and scholarship through its physical and virtual environments, and its peoplecollectionsservices, and partnerships.

Physical Environments: There are eight campus libraries at Queen’s. They are excellent locations for studying, researching, and writing. Check out all the locations and their hours here. Students can book Group Study Rooms for collaborative work. Library computers and Printing/ Scanning/ Copying services are also available. Your student card is your library card.

Virtual Environment: Queen’s library provides Omni, a new, easy-to-use academic search engine that allows access to high-quality resources from 14 Ontario university libraries.

People: Librarians are highly trained professionals who can help you with your research questions and projects. Contact a Subject Librarian based on Subject or Specialization.

Collections: The Library contains a diverse number of collections that offer a variety of information resources.

Services: The Library can help with developing research citation skills. Learn about How to Cite Sources and access Citation Managers (that collect, organize, cite and share references).