Baseball stadium at University of Alabama (Photo by David Smith)

The University of Alabama is a public institution of higher education in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It was established in 1831. The school has over 31,000 students, the overwhelming majority of which are undergraduates (over 26,000). Alabama has one of the most storied football programs with its Crimson Tide team and has also been successful at other sports. Academically, Alabama students go through a rigorous course load each semester. That means students need the right textbooks – and at reasonable prices. Here is some information on where students can find textbooks on campus and throughout Tuscaloosa:

The University of Alabama Supply Store is your official source for Alabama textbooks and apparel. It is right in the heart of campus inside the Ferguson Center and will pay decent rates on book buybacks. You can also buy and sell books online, simplifying the process to ensure that your books come right to you or go directly to the students that really need them. The store encourages students to sell their used books because this makes more of them available for those looking to save money by buying gently used materials.

Alabama Book Store is located at 1015 University Boulevard, a convenient spot for Alabama students. This store tends to sell more Crimson Tide clothing, souvenirs, and gift items, but the store does offer a nice selection of college textbooks. There are both new and used books for sale, in addition to general titles and books that would interest the college-aged reader.

Another option for textbooks is the Off Campus Bookstore at 504 14th Street. If you prefer shopping at a local store that is away from some of the hustle-and-bustle of campus and has more used books available, this store is the perfect place for you. It has an online ordering system and makes it easy to find your course materials by searching online or bringing in a class list to the store. Crimson Tide merchandise and general books are available as well.

Barnes & Noble has a store right in downtown Tuscaloosa for your convenience. It’s in the Midtown Shopping Center at 1800 McFarland Road East, Suite 200. The great thing about all B&N stores is the variety in their inventory. Whether you need regular textbooks, gift items, novels, or even the Nook e-reader, the stores can serve you well.

The College Store is also a place to find everything Crimson Tide. Located at 1535 Hackberry Lane in Tuscaloosa, you can easily fill up your bags with tons of merchandise to show support for the Alabama athletic teams. Also available is a collection of new and used textbooks at prices that will probably be lower than other stores. The store wants students to save money, so they try and offer the best deals possible to make this happen.