"The Quad" at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (Photo by Kevin Dooley)

The University of Illinois is a major public university with its main campus based in the twin cities of Urbana and Champaign, Illinois. Originally established in 1867, the school is a member of the Big Ten Conference, and its athletic teams are called the Fighting Illinois. The school enrolls over 40,000 students per year. As an Illinois student, you have a few options when it comes to buying your course textbooks. The following information details each of those options:

The Illini Union Bookstore at 1401 West Green Street in the Illini Union is the official campus bookstore at the University of Illinois. The store’s primary goal is to serve the needs and interests of students at the university. The store offers reduced prices of up to 40% off on e-books and 20% off on used books. One great thing about this store is that all of its proceeds go toward university student programs and activities, so you know that your money is going for a good cause when you shop here, especially if you are a student and are involved in campus activities. Other merchandise available includes school supplies and team apparel.

Follett’s Bookstore is another option for Illinois textbooks. It’s at 627 East Wright Street in Champaign. You can buy both new and used textbooks here along with software and hardware at reduced prices with a student ID. Textbook rental plans make it easy to save money by renting the books you need only when you need them and then returning them when you’re done with them. This gives other students an opportunity to use them and gets them out of your closet after you pass your classes. The store has a wide array of Illini team apparel to help support the school’s sports teams. This store has been around since 1938 and maintains a great reputation as a place to get what you need and save money at the same time.

T.I.S. College Bookstore is at 707 South Sixth Street. This store is proud to offer some of the most reasonably priced new and used textbooks for Illinois students who prefer shopping at an independent bookstore away from the hustle-and-bustle of campus life. There are rental options available as well so you can leave even more money in your wallet. Plus you can sell your books back to the store for very decent rates. The store also offers Fighting Illini apparel for the sports fan as well as graduation items and school supplies. You can purchase most items online for your convenience.

Barnes & Noble has a large collection of textbooks and so many other items. It has a location in Champaign in the Market View Shopping Center at 55 East Market View Drive. Not only can you purchase textbooks in the store, but you can also order them online to be shipped to you directly. B&N offers the digital Nook reader so you can read the textbooks you download right on it wherever you go. Plus the store sells DVD’s, music, games, and other electronics, giving you the option of getting your other shopping done when you buy your books here.