The College of Arts and Sciences building at Akron (Photo by Jim Reynolds)

The University of Akron is a large public research university in Akron, Ohio. Originally established as a small college in 1870, Akron now enrolls about 30,000 students each academic year. The school’s sports teams are called the Zips. As for college textbooks, Akron students have several places to choose from when shopping for their books. Here are the best places to check out on campus and throughout Akron:

The University of Akron Bookstore at 303 East Carroll Street right on campus is the main textbook outlet for Akron students and staff. The store sells a huge selection of new and used textbooks for all students. The fact that the staff here is in direct contact with Akron faculty ensures students get the correct versions of the books they need. This bookstore also allows students to rent books and has a return policy in place if you should drop a class and want to return the books you purchased for it. Their selection of computer hardware and software items includes many that are reduced in price to help students get the technology equipment they need for their classes. They also sell brand-name Adidas apparel and have partnerships with other local companies to give students special offers and discounts.

Campus Book & Supply at 450 East Exchange Street in downtown Akron has served the needs of students in the area since 1992. As an off-campus bookstore, you will find lower prices on textbooks that are both new and used. The staff will work closely with you to ensure you are getting the best prices and choose the best plans on how to acquire your books. CB&S also sells officially licensed Akron Zips apparel as well as other merchandise for college students and shoppers of all ages. Graduation items and school supplies are available also.

The College Store is another good place to look. It’s at 282 East Exchange Street. This store has some of the lowest prices on textbook rentals in the area. Because you only have a book temporarily when you rent it, you can not only save lots of money by renting it but also get rid of it after the semester is over to make room for your next batch of books. New and used textbooks are available as well along with a selection of school apparel and other supplies students may need.

Buckeye Bookshop at 795 Brittain Road primarily specializes in used, rare, and out-of-print books. But they are a great source of books that are only a few years old. Because many professors used slightly dated books for their classes, this is the perfect place to find those books at very low prices. You can also browse books on their website to make sure they have what you need before making a trip to their store.