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Temple University is a public research university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Originally founded in 1884, Temple has a student body of over 37,000. The school is one of the largest providers of professional education with programs in law and medicine. Temple’s athletic teams are called the Owls. Since Temple is a large and diverse university, it is important for students to have options on where to get their textbooks. The following information provides details on which stores to visit on campus and in the Philadelphia area:

Temple University Bookstore is the official campus bookstore at the university. It’s housed inside the Gibbs Student Center. The store sells new and used textbooks for students in every academic discipline. Rental textbooks and digital textbooks are available as well, which make it very easy to save money on your books. Their selection of school supplies includes backpacks and other essentials. In addition, they offer significant discounts to students on various computer software titles. A full line of Under Armour apparel is for sale as well, along with Temple Owls gear for fans of all ages.

Zavelle Bookstore at 1520 North Broad Street in downtown Philadelphia is a great off-campus textbook outlet. The great thing about this store is their rewards program, which allows students to build up points for each purchase they make in order to receive discounts on future textbook purchases. They offer new books, used books, textbook rentals, and e-books. You will also find a nice variety of general titles to read for pleasure. Plus you can sell your used textbooks back to the store and get a very good return on investment. School supplies and other unique merchandise are also available.

Better Than The Bookstore is a unique student-managed initiative designed to provide an eco-friendly way of exchanging textbooks. The organization’s exchange center is located at 1431 Cecil B. Moore Avenue close to campus. The operation involves students posting the textbooks they want to sell online. Then potential buyers can search for books online. When a match is made, the seller receives payment from the buyer through the website. The seller then drops off the book at the exchange center and the buyer picks it up at his or her convenience. Because the process primarily involves Temple students, it is easy to find the exact books you need – and get them at very reasonable prices.

Barnes & Noble has a location in downtown Philadelphia at 1805 Walnut Street. Although the store caters to readers of types, they do carry a nice selection of academic books and quite a few books students would read in their English classes. B&N’s patented Nook e-reader lets students read their digital textbooks wherever they are. The availability of this e-reader is certainly one of the perks of shopping at B&N.