Purdue University campus (Photo by Patrick Finnegan)

Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, is a major public university in the Midwest. Purdue has an annual enrollment of over 35,000 students per year. Originally established in 1869, the school competes in the Big Ten Conference as the Purdue Boilermakers. Academically speaking, Purdue has some very rigorous academic standards, and therefore textbooks are very important for coursework. Here is some information on where students can purchase textbooks on campus and in the West Lafayette area:
Follett’s Purdue Bookstore at 1400 West State Street in West Lafayette is one of the main textbook suppliers for the Purdue campus. This bookstore works directly with Purdue faculty and receives the book lists for each class, meaning students who shop here can be assured that they are buying the specific items they are required to have for their classes. You can find every book either in the store or by ordering online, and there are new and used books available for students in every major. There are also rental options as well as tons of digital textbooks. When you buy these e-books, you can save a lot of money off the regular hardback book price. The store carries a huge amount of Purdue Boilermakers gear, in addition to hardware, software, and other school supplies.

Follet’s Boiler Bookstore is another good place to check out for new and used books. This store, located at 616 West Stadium Avenue, has a huge inventory of books that can be purchased or rented. They also have lots of Boilermakers gear and other general merchandise that students might want to pick up to get ready for their classes.

University Bookstore is another fantastic bookstore option if you’re looking to shop somewhere a little different. This store is in the heart of West Lafayette right along the main road of the Purdue campus at 360 West State Street. This store has a cool feature on its website where you can type in your book information and find out exactly how much it is worth if you are looking to sell used books to the store. They offer tons of new and used textbooks for your upcoming classes and also have a special “under $10” section to help students save even more money. Clothing, gifts, souvenir items, and graduation necessities are just a few of the many other kinds of merchandise you will find here.

Von’s Book Shop at 315 West State Street is one of the oldest bookstores in West Lafayette. It tends to carry more used books, giving students a great chance of finding the textbooks they may need or simply picking up a novel to read for fun when you have some free time. Because they specialize in used books, their prices are lower and they discount cards that can be used to save money on future purchases.