The book department of the University Store offers trade books,
newspapers, magazines, an assortment of W&L music,
DVDs and BluRay; coordinates book signings for faculty members and
visiting speakers; and manages course materials for both the
undergraduate and law schools.
On campus departments and W&L alums enjoy a 10% discount on all trade books! (In-store only).
Departments and student organizations ordering 24 or more of the same trade book receive a 20% discount.
Book Department Staff
540-458-8635 (ext. 8635 on campus)
540-458-8207 (ext. 8207 on campus)
540-458-8559 (ext. 8559 on campus)
Browse our online trade book selection, including our "W&L Authors", "Place Like No Other", and "Washington" & "Lee" collections.
We offer expedient special order services at no additional charge.
The information provided below is designed to assist our faculty members
in selecting and adopting course materials. If you ever have questions
or concerns pertaining to
adoptions, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our book
Timely adoptions help us support the academic mission of the University AND partner with W&L's
faculty to provide:
Please submit your course materials adoption(s) in the way that is most convenient to you.
- The right materials
- In appropriate quantities
- At the right time
- At the lowest possible cost to our students and the University
Requesting Desk Copies
- Send an email to email@example.com.
- Call, or visit the book department staff on the second floor of the University Store in Elrod Commons.
- Submit your course adoption(s) in our
Online Adoption Center
in a succinct, step-by-step process.
PLEASE NOTE: You will need
to create a login and password when you go to this site for the first
You may use your W&L network username and password to help you
remember it, but this system does not authenticate through the network.
Most publishers will issue a complimentary desk copy to instructors who
use the book for their classes. These copies can be obtained directly
from publishers or from their local sales representatives.
Publishers will NOT send these desk copies to the University Store, nor
will they accept requests from bookstores. You should request your desk copy from the publisher at least a month before classes begin to ensure you have it
Bundles and Loose Leaf Course Materials
Bundling supplementary items with textbooks is offered by most
publishers and can be a good way to be sure every student buys what is
needed, usually at a cost
savings to the student. However, bundled materials are only a value to
the students if the pieces are going to be used in your courses.
Requiring students to purchase bundles generally means the TEXTBOOKS
MUST BE NEW and, at the end of the term, the University Store is often
unable to accept the
materials for buyback. Some professors have addressed this by making the
supplemental materials an optional purchase.
Many publishers now offer loose-leaf textbooks at a lower retail price
than hardbound or paperback books. While these appear to be a "good
deal" for students at first glance,
please be aware that loose-leaf textbooks will have absolutely no
buyback value at the end of the semester. The least expensive way for a
student to purchase a textbook (net cost) is usually
to purchase a used copy and sell it back at the end of the semester. If a
faculty member lets us know they will use the book again on campus in a
future term, at buyback we can offer
your students as much as 50% of the new price of the book, regardless of
where it was purchased.
Buyback - On Campus and Online
While textbook buybacks have always drawn attention for their
"pennies-on-the-dollar" payments, we have succeeded in raising the
buyback value offered for many of the
textbooks used by our professors. When a faculty member lets us know
they will use a book again on campus in a future term, we offer students
as much as 50%
of the new price of the book, regardless of where it was purchased
(quantities limited only by the expected enrollment of the future
course). In recent buybacks, this
has allowed the University Store to put an average of $235,000 back in the hands of our students. Students also have the option to
sell books back online year-round (when buyback is not in progress on campus).
The Faculty Center
The Faculty Center
is a resource for faculty members of higher education institutions
and is designed to help you make informed decisions about your course
materials adoptions. When you register you will receive an ID and
password for a
complimentary account. After logging in, you can research books through a
series of advanced search features. Also includes links to publisher
book popularity rankings by subject, and information about desk copies.