Vanderbilt University campus in Nashville (Photo by Tim, The Cleveland Kid)

Vanderbilt University is a large private university based in Nashville, Tennessee. It has over 12,000 students enrolled, about half-and-half undergraduate and graduate students. The school’s athletic teams are known as the Commodores and play in the Southeastern Conference. Because the school has such high academic standards, college textbooks are very important to both students and faculty so that everyone succeeds in their classes. Here is some information on local Nashville textbook stores and other locations where you can find cheaper used books:

The school’s main bookstore is the Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt University. It is situated in the heart of campus at 2501 West End Avenue. This campus bookstore has a comprehensive inventory of new and used textbooks. When you shop here, you can be assured that you will receive exactly what you need for your classes since the store works directly with the Vanderbilt faculty. The return policies make it easy to return books for a full refund if you drop a class during the add/drop period. Another reason to shop here is because you can save up to 85% on technology items like computer software that would cost you hundreds of dollars if you bought it elsewhere. The store has a special Nike apparel section and also sells school supplies and backpacks, along with a complete line of Commodores sportswear.

McKay Books is a well-known Tennessee company established in 1978. The company has several locations in the state, which includes one in Nashville at 5708 Charlotte Pike. The store sells all kinds of used books, CD’s, movies, and video games. But don’t’ let the variety fool you. There are certainly opportunities for Vanderbilt students to buy used textbooks. You can probably find some of the cheapest textbooks here. The store provides a trade credit program to customers so you can trade in your old textbooks and get a credit to buy ones you need for your upcoming courses.

Located at 2115 Elliston Place in downtown Nashville is Elder’s Bookstore, one of the oldest bookstores in the state of Tennessee as it was originally opened in 1930 by a Vanderbilt graduate. According to the store’s website, you can get lost in a world of books here. The selection includes used, rare, and out-of-print books. You never know what textbooks you may come across when browsing the shelves. You could get a steal on some of your textbooks if you are using books for your classes that were published a few years ago. You can browse most of the inventory online.

BookManBookWoman may have a unique name, but it is a very respected and well-established bookseller in Nashville. It’s at 1713 21st Street South, which is fairly convenient for students to get to. The store sells nearly 90% of its books at half the price of their wholesale rates – a number you will rarely find. You can trade books for other books, too. Even if the store doesn’t have the textbooks you need in stock, the staff will do its best to order your books and get them to you as soon as possible.