The University of Kansas campus in Lawrence (Photo by edenpictures)

The University of Kansas is a public university in Lawrence, Kansas and is the largest such school in the state. Founded in 1865, KU’s athletic teams have always been known as the Jayhawks. In addition to a top-rated basketball program, research is a top priority at the school. Textbooks and other course materials are obviously a necessity in order for research and academic success to be accomplished.  KU students can choose from a few different bookstores when shopping around for their textbooks. Here is some information about each of those stores:

The KU Bookstore is the official campus textbook provider for University of Kansas students. It has seven locations within the university system with the main location in the Kansas Union. This store is a bit unique as it is a not-for-profit establishment. All money made on textbooks goes right back to the university to fund the student union and other campus events. So even if you’re spending a little extra to ensure that you purchase the right textbooks for your classes, know up front that your money is going toward your school. The store sells new and used books, plus you can rent textbooks to save money. In addition, the store’s website lets you compare the prices of books with other retailers. Other products such as team apparel and graduation items are available.

The University Book Shop is another local option to purchase your course materials. It’s at 1123 West 23rd Street in downtown Lawrence – a handy spot for KU students. This store has an extension selection of new and used textbooks along with just about every kind of Kansas Jayhawks gear you could imagine.  Hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and kids apparel are just a few of the items for sale here. A neat feature of the store is that it allows students to reserve their books in advance. Because of how large the school is and how much demand there is for certain textbooks, don’t get stuck in the mud without the books you need. Reserve them in advance to ensure you get them on time.

Half Price Books is at 1519 West 23rd Street in downtown Lawrence. HPB primarily carries an assortment of used books, which does include a fair amount of KU textbooks. The store offers up to 90% off on textbooks, a deal hard to pass up, even if you’re more of an online shopper. You can also sell back your used textbooks and other items, such as movies, music, video games, game consoles, and more. Get rid of the stuff sitting in your dorm room collecting dust and turn into cash right on the spot at HPB.

Another cool place to shop for books is The Dusty Bookshelf at 708 Massachusetts Street in Lawrence. Don’t let the name fool you though – this isn’t a dusty store. It just has a wide variety of new and used books. If you’re looking for textbooks or just want to pick up something new to read in your spare time, check this place out. Who knows what you stumble upon on the shelves?