Inside a classroom at BYU (Photo by Cherice)

Brigham Young University, often abbreviated as BYU, is a major private university in Provo, Utah. Originally established in 1875, BYU is the largest religious higher-level educational institution in the United States. It currently enrolls over 34,000 students annually. BYU’s athletic teams are known as the Cougars. All BYU students know how important it is to have the right books and materials for their classes. Here are some of the best places to shop on and around campus:

The BYU Bookstore is the main campus textbook provider for Brigham Young students and faculty. It’s located inside the Wilkinson Student Center in University Hall right in the center of campus. This store sells new and used textbooks as well as plenty of BYU Cougars gear. You can also shop online and have items shipped directly to you. Plus enjoy free shipping on all online orders over $75. They host special events and sales throughout the year that allow students to pick up various items at discounted prices. Because the staff works directly with the school, students know they’ll be receiving what they need and that the money spent here goes directly back to the school for student events and activities.

Bucks4Books at 1774 North University Parkway, Suite #44 in downtown Provo is another fantastic place to check out when buying or selling your textbooks. Because they buy back such a huge selection of textbooks, you are guaranteed to find the ones you need for your classes. They also pride themselves on paying top dollar for every textbook that they buy back from students. The company works closely with charities and other members of the community, so you know you are shopping at a place with a good-hearted staff willing to go all out for its customers. B4B also does various contests through Facebook where you can win books and other prizes. Just visit their website for more details.

Boomerang Books is a great locally owned and operated independent textbook store that is managed by BYU alumni. It’s at 748 E. 820 N. in Provo. They offer tons of options on textbooks. You can buy books, sell books to the store, or rent books. The staff will examine your pricing options and recommend the best one for you. Their used books are on sale between 10-90% off the regular list price. They also have a cool frozen yogurt area so you can indulge in a nice cold treat while buying your books.

Barnes & Noble is always a good choice when it comes to buying books of any genre. In Provo, there is a B&N at 330 East 1300 South. Not only do they stock general titles, but also they have a host of academic textbooks and other items to suit the needs of BYU students. Plus they sell the popular Nook e-reader. Buying e-books can save students lots of money.