BMC Bookshop Blog

Fall 2021 Textbook Update and FAQ

August 26, 2021

Your BMC Bookshop stocks materials that faculty have requested for Fall 2021 courses.  Complete listings of required and recommended books are available at this link. Most everything is still in stock on our shelves as of October 7.

We routinely restock texts up through Fall break, so when books sell out we will order in more copies.  After break, we only reorder on request.  We are always happy to try to reorder books for you, but please note that pricing and availability may change due to publisher price increases and marketplace conditions.  Soon after fall break, we will begin to hit some return deadlines for some unsold books.  We will keep books here as long as possible, and many titles will still be available here through Thanksgiving -- but plesae don't count on it.

Over the summer, we upgraded the website to show "available now," "expected in 2 to 4 days," or "out of stock" next to each title.  The "2 to 4 days" is an estimate, and we are counting weekdays only.  Over 90% of titles arrive within this timeframe, and you will find that books are often on our shelves before the site is updated.  Please note that there have been many, many unexpected shipment delays during covid.  (New York Times 10-04-2021: Supply-Chain Snarls Delay Books.)

Shop in store or online!  You are always welcome into the store to choose books for yourself.  Or you can place an order on this site and pickup in store.  Online orders are filled throughout the day, and you will receive an email when our order is ready for pickup.

Text purchases are returnable through Friday, September 10 only.  Starting September 11, text purchases are final.  Shrink-wrapped items such as loose-leaf texts and language bundles are not returnable once they are opened.  Receipts are required for returns.

We continue to offer digital options for many texts. We work with two digitial text providers, Redshelf and VitalSource, and both offer near-instant access to digital materials purchased from this website.  Access is usually limited to a specified number of days; look for this information in parentheses after the title and the name of the provider.  180 days is typical, which gets you through a semester.  After you complete your order, within minutes you will receive emails with instructions directly from Redshelf or VitalSource on how to start using your digital texts.  Digital options are grouped under print options on book listings page; choose either a print option or a digital option -- there's no need to buy both.

We are also working with LITS to indicate when books are available at no charge in Tripod.  These titles are now marked "Ebook available in Tripod" in red.  Visit to access these books.

Class at Haverford?  You'll need to get your books from their bookshop.  Their textbook lookup page is:

Optional books? Books are marked "Required," "Optional" or "Suggested" based on instructions from your professors.  Our advice: never buy an "optional" or "suggested" book until after you've gone to your first class, looked at the syllabus, and heard what faculty has to say about the book.

Fall book buyback will take place December 13 to 17. Please watch for details.  Receipts are no longer required for buyback.

We post info about course materials (and other topics) on this blog.  Here are links to some key posts:

We hope that you will purchase your books from your independent campus bookshop.  Dollars spent here stay on campus, and support the mission of the store and the college.  We do not charge sales tax on required course materials, unlike others sellers.

We are here to help!  Please reach out via email to if you have any questions about textbooks or anything else we offer. 

This page was updated on October 7, 2021.

Book buyback update

May 13, 2021


Book buyback continues at your BMC Bookshop now through May 29.  Buyback is available whenenver the store is open; please check our homepage for hours.

Bring books you no longer need to the bookshop for immediate cash!  No receipt necessary, no appointment necessary.  You can sell books from this semester and previous semesters too, and you can sell books that you purchased elsewere.

Look up buyback prices for most current year titles at  In addition to titles listed here, we are also working with MBS, a division of Barnes & Noble College Stores. to purchase an additional 50,000 titles that they need.  So even if there's no price in the lookup tool, you may still be able to sell your book here.  For books with no price in the system, we can take care of recycling for you.

For remote students, you are welcome to ship your books to us for buyback.  Ship your books to:

BMC Bookshop
101 N Merion Ave
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Books must arrive here no later than Friday, May 28 -- we will not be able to pay you for books received after this date.  You are resposible for shipping costs.  Payment will be in the form of a BMC Bookshop electronic gift card, emailed to you as soon as your books are processed.  As a (partial) offset for ship charges, you'll get an extra 10% on your gift card, so for a book listed at $20, you'll get $22.  In addition, if your total buyback transaction is for $40 or more (before the 10% bonus), we'll add a $5.00 bonus to your total.  For example, if your books price out to $60, you'll get a total of $71 -- 10% extra plus $5.00 bonus.  Gift cards can be used to purchase anything that we sell, and may be used in store or online.  Gift cards cannot be turned in for cash.

If you have any additional questions, please contact us by email at

Textbook update - Spring 2021

April 16, 2021


As we approach the end of the semester, here's what you need to know about textbooks at your BMC Bookshop.

Spring Book Buyback will begin in store on Tuesday, April 20.  Buyback will remain open through Saturday, May 29 (Commencement day).

We are opening buyback early in response to many requests.  We will be buying back books from Spring 2020, Fall 2020 and this current semester, and please feel free to bring other books as well.  We are always happy to check prices on all books.  For buyback, your bookshop partners with MBS, a division of Barnes & Noble college stores, and we are able to pay cash for over 50,000 different texts, far beyond what is used in BMC classes.

For this buyback, we have eliminated the usual receipt requirement.  You're able to see books to us regardless of where or when they were puchased.  We are not guaranteeing prices for every text you have, but most all books used for a class here are included.  Please note that shrink-wrapped bundles, online access codes and coursepack/readers are not elibible for buyback.

There will be a remote option for students who are not on campus this semester.  Please stay tuned for details.

At this point in the semester, over 90% of Spring texts are still available in store (in addition to digital options for about a quarter of the titles).  But we are no longer automatically trying to restock when books sell out.  We'll fill your requests for out-of-stock titles on a special order basis. Text listings and stock status are up-to-date on this website.  The semester will stay open on the site through April 30.

Towards the end of this month, we will begin to hit deadlines for returning unsold books.  If there's anything that you still need for classes please grab it now.

This page was created on April 16, and will be updated through commencement.

Quick tips about four favorite, bestselling tops

December 11, 2020

Not sure what to buy?  Looking for ideas?  Here are a few tips about our four bestselling tops.

One of our most popular crewnecks is the Gear Big Cotton Crew. It is available in oatmeal with a tackle twill applique in class colors.  This is a very true to size unisex cut piece.


If you're looking for an oversized iconic collegiate look, the Champion Classic Reverse Weave Crew is the most popular choice. This is a generously cut unisex piece and is also available with a hood.


Another super popular, super soft option is the Ouray Peerless Deluxe Hooded Sweatshirt. It appears tapered in the photo, but honestly, we think the vendor went a little heavy on Photoshop.  In real life, it’s very comfy, roomy unisex fit.  Did we mention it's super soft?


Our most popular tee by far is the Vintage Bryn Mawr Owls Tee, reminiscent of the classic three owls design that we've heard so much about and hope brings back many happy memories.  This shirt is available in navy and grey heather, and we also have it in children’s and toddler’s sizes.

Questions?  Reach out by email to  We're here to help!

Ordering FAQ

September 14, 2020

Q: How do I log in to the bookshop site?

A: You do not need to log in to the site. No need to use your Bryn Mawr or Haverford id and password.  Just start adding items to your cart and continue to checkout.  You'll have an option at the end of the transaction to create a bookshop account, but an account is not necessary to buy from our site.

Q: How do I use my OneCard to pay for purchases?

A: Unfortnately, our site is not set up to accept OneCard payments.  But there is a workaround.  If you know you have sufficient funds to cover your purchase, then follow these steps:

1) Choose gift certificate for payment method
2) Enter this "dummy" number in the gift certificate number field (nclude the G and the space): G 7777777
3) Include your student id number -- the number on the front of the card -- in the ID number field on the checkout page.
4) Add a note in the comment field saying "please charge my onecard"

Q: How do I know my order is ready for pickup?

A: When your order is ready, you will receive an email with a link to our pick-up appointment site. (Pick-up appointments are different from Browse & Shop appointments.)  Please wait for this email before you set a time to come get your order.  We process most orders within a few hours.

Q: I am studying remotely.  How do I get the books I need?

A: We can ship books to you anywhere in the world.  Just place your order on this website.  Most orders are packed for UPS pickup by the next business day. Most shipments east of the Mississippi take just two business days, and within the mid-Atlantic region it's just one day.

Q: How do I find out what books are required for my classe?

A: Go to this page and click on term, then department, then course and then section.  Required materials appear at the bottom of the screen.


How to read textbook lists

August 17, 2020

Your BMC Bookshop provides complete listings of all books and course materials that faculty have requested for your courses.  The lists are available on this website at starting four to six weeks before the start of each semester, and they are continuously updated as we receive new information.

Listings are organized by department, course and section.  Just click at each level and drill down to your section.

Once you reach your section, you'll see something that looks like this:

This example is from EMLY B001-012 (Fall 2020).  You see that there are five required books for this class.  Next to each title, we show the ISBN, the 13-digit nubmer starting with 978, for the exact edition that the professor asked us to stock.  If you're comparison shopping, please always shop by ISBN and not by title.

We show new and used prices for each of these five titles and for most all books.  This site also shows stock status.  Out of stock choices are greyed out.  (We try to stock as many inexpensive used copies as possible, but we can't ever find enough of all titles.)  If you see a zero in the price, that does not mean it's free, it means that option was not available.  Our system lets you purchase books in the store that are expected to arrive shortly.  We'll fill orders as swiftly as possible.

New this year is the notation "Available in Tripod" for titles that you can access digitally through BMC's libraries.  We offer the option of purchasing a copy for yourself, but you won't need to buy this book in order to keep up with assigned readings from these titles.

Also new this year, we are showing ebook options that you can purchase directly from our store.  We work with two ebook aggregators, Redshelf and VitalSource.  Each offers simple access to digital texts that match up with the print books your professors.  For this class, you can read Frankenstein and Romeo and Juliet on paper or on screen.  It's your choice!  Soon after you complete your transaction, you'll receive emails with instructions about how to start reading your text.  (Most messages arrive within minutes, but sometimes take as much as a few hours.)

If you have any questions about text listings or anything else about your required course materials, please contact us by email at  We're here to help!


Last call for book buyback!

June 12, 2020

Spring book buyback at your BMC Bookshop will end on Friday, June 26.  Get immediate cash for books you no longer need!

If you are not coming to campus for move-out, we can email a pre-paid shipping label to you.  You must request a label no later than June 16 to allow sufficient time for books to get back to the store before the end of buyback.  Email your request to

We understand that not everyone will be able to participate in buyback this season.  We will come up with a plan for buyback in early fall, in addition to the usual December buy.  Please stay tuned for details.

During move-out, the bookshop is open seven days a week, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, for book buyback and for purchases.  You are welcome into the store.  Masks are required, and please maintain social distance.

For more information about buyback and everything else your BMC Bookshop is doing to help now, vist our Covid-19 page

Buyback FAQ

May 14, 2020

Book buyback continues at your BMC Bookshop.  In addition to the regular Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm hours, we will offer extra hours on Friday, May 15, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  If you can't make those times, we are also available by appointment.  Books can also be dropped off at the mailroom, and we are continuing to email prepaid shipping labels if you're no longer in the area.  Contact us by email at to set up an appointment or request a label.

Here are answers to a few FAQ that have come up since we posted buyback info two weeks ago.

Q: I am away from campus and books are still in my room.  Can I sell them when we are allowed back on campus?

A: Probably.  We are aware of the situation and will do everything possible to extend buyback in some form to accommodate you whenever the college allows you back. As of today, we have no information about when dorms might be re-opened, but it is our intention to be available as best we can during move-out times.  The problem is buyback price.  Prices that are posted right now for current semester titles in the buyback utility ( have expiration dates.  Books that faculty have not committed to re-using here at Bryn Mawr are sold to the higest bidder among multiple textbook brokers.  We are working with four outside vendors this semester, and are asking each to hold their bids open as long as possible.  So far, everyone is extending past the usual May 31 deadline, but to different dates.  We always have other options, but the alternative prices are not likely to be as good as the bids that we have right now.

Q: I have books from prior semesters.  Should I send/bring them to buyback now?

A: Yes! While the best buyback prices are usually for current semester titles, we are always happy to try books from previous semesters.  We partner with a textbook wholesaler, MBS, a division of Barnes & Noble College.  MBS buys over 75,000 titles for all stores it serves, so odds of getting something from these books are reasonable.  However, if you're shipping books back to us (using our prepaid label) and they come up "no value" for buyback, we won't be able to return books to you.  If you'd like to check wholesale prices before you send books, go to this link: .  This site allows you to check wholesale prices, and if you have only wholesale books, you can send them directly to MBS via this site.  But if you also have current semester titles, you're likely to get more for them if you send them to us: your BMC bookshop pays more, and you can put everthing together into one shipment. (We encourage you to check prices at both links.)

Q: I can't find my receipt.  Can I still sell my books back to the BMC Bookshop?

A: Yes!  We have waived the receipt requirement for this semester, due to Covid-19.  We welcome all books, regardless of whether you have a receipt and regardless of where you purchased them.

Q: I have books for classes that I took at Haverford.  Can I sell tham back at the BMC Bookshop?

A: Yes, but you might do better at the Haverford store.  If Haverford is using the books again in a coming semester, they will likely pay more, just as we do for books that faculty have told us will be used in upcoming BMC classes.  If the title has not yet been adopted for a Haverford class, then our buyback prices are likely to be the same because Haverford also works with MBS.

If you have any additional questions, please contact us by email at

Our original buyback post, with complete info about requesting a prepaid label is at this link:


Spring book buyback details

April 30, 2020


NOTE: In addition to the general info about buyback below, please check out our FAQ posted on May 14 and further updates on our covid-19 page

Spring Book Buyback at your BMC Bookshop opens on Monday, May 4. Beginning May 4, staffed store hours will be Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. We are also available by appointment; please email us at to request a time.  During staffed hours, buyback will run much as it has in the past: bring books you no longer need in to the store and receive immediate cash.

If you are no longer on campus or you can't come in during staffed hours, you can ship books to the store or drop books off at the campus mailroom.  Mailroom hours are 11:00 am to 2:00 pm weekdays.  If you are leaving books at the mailroom, please make sure that you clearly indicate your name and email address.

If you need to ship, we will email you a prepaid shipping label so you will not have to pay shipping charges. Email a request to  Just let us know where you're shipping books from (your current address) and the number of books that you'll be sending.  We'll send a label to you on the same on next business day.  We are ready for your email requests now; you don't need to wait until May 4.

In addition to current semester titles, we are also buying over 75,000 other titles. We encourge you to bring/ship all titles and we will pay as much as we can.  (If you want "no value" books back, you'll need to pay for return shipping back to you. Otherwise, we will find the best use possible for these books.)

You can use our new buyback tool to look up prices for current semester titles.  The system is still in beta, so it's still a little rough, but the pricing info is accurate for current books. You can use the tool to request a prepaid label -- enter titles then your email and physical addresses.  We'll email back as soon as possible with the prepaid label. You can send back all books that you have using the label, not just the ones found in lookup.  The is optional; you do not have to use the buyback tool to request a prepaid label.  The buyback tool is located at

We are waiving the receipt requirement for this semester.  You do not need to show your BMC Bookshop receipt for guaranteed buyback titles.  This semester, we welcome all books, regardless of where you bought them.

For buyback transactions that are not in person, you have three options for receiving your money: 1) cash that you can pick up from the bookshop now or at the start of the fall semester; 2) a check mailed now to your current address (in BIONIC); or 3) a BMC Bookshop gift card emailed to you.  If you choose the BMC Bookshop gift card, you will receive a 10% bonus: $33 on a gift card, instead of $30 in cash or check, for example. You can use your bookshop gift card for an in-store or online purchase at any time.

Buyback will remain open at least through May 31.  We extend the date if necessary, but pricing may change after May 31: you'll get more for your books now.

Usual conditions still apply: we do not buy back books that were originally part of a bundle and we do not buy back heavily used workbooks or coursepacks/readers (spiral bound collections of readings).  All books must be in salable condition; no water damage.

Let us know if you have any questions!  The best way to contact us right now is by email at


Get essentials without leaving campus

March 25, 2020
Your BMC Bookshop remains available to provide essentials — food, health & beauty, textbooks, etc. — while we are mindful of the need to minimize contact and maintain a clean and safe environment.
Staff will be in store Mondays and Thursdays, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Bookshop doors will be closed, but we are happy to work with you by phone and Skype.
Follow this link to a gallery of photos that will help you remember what's available from the Bookshop.
During staffed hours, call the store at 610-526-5323, and let us know what you need.  If you would like to see what’s available, we can start a Skype session.
We will gather what you need, and take payment over the phone.  Credit cards and OneCards only at this time, please.
Your items will be bagged up for pickup.  During staffed hours, you can pick up at the bookshop’s front door.  Otherwise, we can leave your order for pickup at the mailroom.
You can always email your requests to us 24/7 at  Include your phone number.  We will call during the next staffed hours to complete your order. is monitored throughout the day, every weekday, regardless of whether we are in the store.  We will promptly respond to questions and inquiries about the availability of the essentials you need.

Textbook update

March 19, 2020


Your BMC Bookshop partners with two digital text providers, each of which is offering free access to up to seven titles from their library to BMC students and faculty, now through the end of the semester. Use these links to register and search for your texts: 

If you can't find free access on these sites, we can ship books to you from the bookshop.  We are processing internet orders twice a week, shipping is free to US addresses, and we still have a large inventory of current semester titles. Use the lookup function to the left to check our stock for books you need.



We remain committed to offering buyback and honoring our buyback guarantee this semester.  We are working on logistics and hope to have an announcement about this during the week of March 23.  Please keep an eye on this space.

Email us at if you have any questions. 

Black Friday Savings at your BMC Bookshop

November 20, 2019

Your BMC Bookshop observes Black Friday this year on Friday, November 22, and Saturday, November 23, in store. Many of these savings are also available online, November 22  through November 24.


What's on sale?

20% off all BMC Parent Merch - shirts, decals, hats, etc for mom, dad and the grandparents:

20% off all kid's clothing:

This includes the new "My Mom's a Hoot" Toddler Tee and Bodysuit design by Esther Kim '20,available in grey and in four class colors:

We're doing 25% off all plush (owls and others):

All Trade Books (non-textbooks) are 25% off.  We stock lots of great titles beyond the curriculum, including the script for FLEABAG by Phoebe Waller-Bridge; GIRL, WOMAN, OTHER by Bernardine Evaristo, winner of the 2019 Booker Prize; and Erin Morgenstern's new novel THE STARLESS SEA:

The Trade Book discount includes all titles in the Macmillan Collector's Library, elegant editions of a wide range of classics, which you'll find in a new display at the front of the store:

And, finally, we are taking 25% off select Environmentally Friendly Gifts, including items on the table at the front of the store:

This League Women's Reclaim Tee, 25% off, is made from fibers created from recycled water bottles:

Cream City Ribbon, BMC imprinted and in four class colors, is also 25% off.  This unique ribbon is made of cotton yarn that is 100% grown and dyed in the United States.  The company shares its full sustainability story on its website:

We carry many environmentally friendly stationery items, and are offering the 25% Black Friday discount on Pilot Bottle2Pens and Environote Notebooks:

And also on the full line of Decomposition Books:

Finsh off with this sweet deal: 25% off Endangered Species Chocolate Bars:

Here's the full list of everything on sale:

20% off BMC Parent & Grandparent Merch

20% off all Kid’s Clothing

25% off all Plush – Owls and Others

25% off all Trade (non-text) Books

25% off select Environmentally Friendly Gifts, including: 

League Women's Reclaim Tees

Pilot Bottle2Pens and Onyx+Green Mechanical Pencils

Decomposition Notebooks and Green Oath 2 Pocket Portfolios

Reusable Straws

4Ocean Bracelets

Environotes Notebooks

Blue Q Totes, Pencil Cases and Zipper Pouches

Cream City Ribbon

Endangered Species Chocolate Bars

Rareessence Aromatherapy

  Greeting Cards by Apartment 2 and Collen Attara

Happy shopping!

Last Call for Fall Textbooks!

November 13, 2019

As we hurtle towards the end of the semester, we want to remind you about some textbook policies and upcoming dates.

Many text vendors impose deadlines on book returns, which means we are starting to clear out Fall semester texts.  If there's anything that you still need to buy for this semester, please get it soon.  Today, we still have copies of over 80% of current titles -- the shelves are still pretty full -- but unless we already have a commitment from faculty to reuse them in the Spring 2020 or Fall 2020 semesters, they'll be shipped back in the next few weeks.  You can check current inventory on our website at Listings on the site will be available through November 30 only.

Book buyback dates are December 13 and December 16 through 20.  We will buy back MOST titles regardless of where you bought them from.  But we guarantee buyback on ALL current semester books with receipt.  There is a subset of titles for which we require receipt because there are quantity limitations at our buyback partners.  Because there are limits, we reserve these opportunities for folks who purchased here.  Also buyback is not limited to current semester books.  We partner with MBS, a division of Barnes & Noble, and they're looking for books for all of the campuses that B&N serves, so the buy list is usually about 100,000 titles deep.

For more info on how buyback works -- including details on how we set buyback prices -- please refer to this earlier blog entry:

Spring semester book requests are coming into the bookshop now.  The list of confirmed book adoptions will be available on our website starting in mid-December.