The Notre Dame campus (Photo by Paul J. Everett)

The University of Notre Dame is a prestigious Catholic research educational institution in Notre Dame, Indiana, just north of South Bend. Notre Dame was originally founded in 1842 and now has a student body of over 11,000. The university’s athletic teams are called the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame students have several bookstores to choose from when purchasing their course textbooks and materials. The following stores are the best places on and near campus to shop:

Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore is the official bookstore at Notre Dame. It’s housed inside the Eck Center on campus at 1610 North Ironwood. The store has a full supply of new and used college textbooks for Notre Dame students in every academic discipline. Their goal is to ensure every student gets what he or she needs to be prepared for class. Their rental options are second-to-none because of how many books are available for rent and how much you can save by renting instead of buying. They also have digital textbooks along with other course materials and study guides. The store offers a complete line of Fighting Irish apparel for Notre Dame supporters of all ages. In addition, many software titles are on sale at discounted prices for students.

Better World Books is a great local and online company that buys and sells college textbooks. They have a location in nearby Mishawaka just a few miles from campus at 55740 Currant Road. The great thing about this store is that it donates its profits to literacy programs around the world, making books and other reading materials available to students who otherwise couldn’t afford or access them. Their website has an inventory of over 60,000 textbooks, but you can also find thousands of books at the store. Save up to 90% on used books. They also buy back textbooks for a very competitive rate. This store may not be on campus, but it is totally worth the short drive because you’re guaranteed to save on your books.

When a store’s slogan is “why pay more?” it should be obvious that you will save money when you shop there. Bargain Books 5505 Grape Road in nearby Mishawaka is your source for inexpensive books. They have a wide selection of nonfiction books in just about every category imaginable, including numerous academic books and other leisure reads. Save up to 90% on books by shopping here. They are open seven days a week for your convenience.

Barnes & Noble sells everything book-related. They have a store in the University Park Mall at 6501 North Grape Road just down the street in Mishawaka. B&N carries a huge assortment of books. Plus you can order so much more in their online store. Their Nook e-reader is a fantastic item for Notre Dame students to consider because of how easy it makes studying and reading your digital textbooks. You are sure to find other school supplies and Fighting Irish gear here as well.