Information for Students & Resources
How to find the list of books you need for each class:
go the the home page of the Garnet Gateway at
note: you do not need to log in to the Garnet Gateway!
Under Related Content on the right, choose Schedule of Courses
Bring up your course and click on the title of the course. Then continue by following the link to Books and Materials by section, choosing the link to your section. Your materials will now be displayed.
Where Do We Buy Textbooks?
Textbooks are available for sale all semester long- right through finals - in the text area of the College Store, located in Chase Hall on Campus Avenue.
How much will my books cost?
Prices vary from class to class. We help you save by lowering the 'list' price of most paperbacks and by providing as many used books as possible to help lower the total cost of your books. Used books are priced at a 25% savings over new books. We accept cash, check, major credit cards and financial aid. If you will be paying with financial aid, please stop into the Registrar and Student Financial Services Office first.
Why should I buy from Bates College Store?
It's easy and convenient to return books when you drop a class (see our return policy for specific dates and conditions). You choose the condition of the book and it's easy to get several books at once, without delay and without paying any shipping costs. Our prices are competitive!
What if I need to return a book?
All returns must be accompanied by a receipt. Books may be returned during the first three days of the fall and winter semesters and the first three days of Short Term. New books must be clean and unmarked, and plastic wrapped books must be returned in their original wrap. After the return period has ended, books may only be returned with a drop slip from the registrar within one week of dropping or when a student has withdrawn from the College. View a copy of the full text return policy with dates for the current term (see link to left).
What do I do with my textbooks at the end of the semester?
Three times during the academic year used book wholesalers come to campus for Book Buy-Back, giving students a chance to sell unwanted books. The dates for Buy-Back are finals week of the fall semester, finals week of the winter semester and the last week of short term in the foyer in front of the College Store. Books which will be used by the College the following semester and the College Store has received an order from the professor, are purchased back at up to 50% of the new list price. If the book is not being used next semester, the price is set by the wholesaler based on the national demand for that title. Typically it is 10-30% of the new list price.