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The book department of the University Store offers trade books, newspapers, an assortment of W&L music, and more; coordinates book signings for faculty members and visiting speakers; and manages course materials for both the undergraduate and law schools.

Book Department Staff

Nancy Trumps

Book Manager

540-458-8207 (ext. 8207 on campus)


Gabbi Harrison

Textbook Buyer

540-458-8635 (ext. 8635 on campus)

Trade Books

Browse our online trade book selection, including our "W&L Authors", "A Place Like No Other", and "Historical" collections. We offer expedient special order services at no additional charge.

Course Materials

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 department.

Textbook Adoptions

Timely adoptions help us support the academic mission of the University AND partner with W&L's faculty to provide:

  1. The right materials
  2. In appropriate quantities
  3. At the right time
  4. At the lowest possible cost to our students and the University

Please submit your course materials adoption(s) in the way that is most convenient to you.

  1. Send an email to [email protected].
  2. Call, or visit the book department staff on the second floor of the University Store in Elrod Commons.
  3. 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 time. You may use your W&L network username and password to help you remember it, but this system does not authenticate through the network.

Requesting Desk Copies

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 in time.

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.

Copyright Guidelines for Course Packs and Sakai

You may find copyright guidance in this PDF.

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 nationwide, 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 Web sites, book popularity rankings by subject, and information about desk copies.

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