Northwestern University campus (Photo by Lola Audu)

Northwestern University is a large private university with its main campus located in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois. The school was originally established in 1851 and prides itself on having very high academic standards. In the 2010-11 academic year, the school enrolled over 18,000 students, most of which were actually graduate students. Since academics are so important at Northwestern, textbooks are also a priority. The following information contains details about where students can buy their books both on campus and nearby:

The Northwestern University Bookstore at 710 North Lake Shore Drive in Chicago is the official campus provider of college textbooks for students and faculty alike. This bookstore has an extensive inventory and offers a multitude of programs to help students save some cash. You can save up to 25% off the regular price of a book by purchasing a used copy and up to 50% off by renting your books. The store also pays cash for your used books and has a great selection of e-books. Like most college bookstores, they are well-stocked with Northwestern Wildcats gear and apparel. They also offer tremendous discounts on software products to students.

Beck’s Book Store at 716 Clark Street in Evanston is a local family owned and managed bookstore serving the Northwestern community. If you are looking for more used books and rental options on books, this is the place for you. Beck’s has tons of discounted textbooks, and its staff strives to provide students with the most reasonably priced books along with options on renting books where you can save up to 50% off the retail price. One neat promotion they do every semester is a contest to give one lucky student a chance to win free textbooks for that semester. Register online or in the store for your chance to win. Their inventory also includes Wildcats gear for fans of all ages.

Barnes & Noble is a nationally respected bookstore with a location in Evanston at 1630 Sherman Avenue. B&N has a huge selection of books for all readers including a nice collection of new and used textbooks. The convenient thing about B&N is that you can shop in the store or order books online, allowing you to find exactly what you need and also to compare prices on the books on your shopping list. You will also find school supplies and select software titles here, in addition to the Nook e-reader.

Books at Northwestern is an online tool designed by Northwestern students for fellow students. It allows Northwestern students to enter their course information, determine which textbooks and materials they need for their classes, and then compare the prices of their required books at various textbook retailers.