The UAB campus and skyline (Photo by Max Wolfe)

The University of Alabama at Birmingham, more commonly called UAB, is a major public university based in Birmingham, Alabama. Founded in 1936 and established an autonomous school in 1969, UAB now has an annual enrollment of over 17,000 students. The university offers over 140 degree programs in 12 different academic schools. UAB students have some choices when buying the books for their classes. Here is some information on which stores to check out for textbooks:

The Barnes & Noble at UAB Bookstore is the official campus bookstore serving the UAB academic community. The store is located on campus inside the Hill University Center at 1400 Seventh Avenue South. B&N is packed with all the stuff you need to be prepared for the start of each semester. They carry textbooks at various prices and in various conditions, including new and used options along with textbook rental plans on lots of books. Just go to their website or bring in your class schedule to easily find all the materials you need. Their return policies are fairly lenient, and they will buy back most new or used textbooks that are in decent condition and can be resold. The store offers Blazers athletic team gear as well as other school supply items and merchandise to get your dorm room in order. Discounted technology items make it easy for students to save money on the computer gear they need, such as Microsoft Office.

Snoozy’s College Bookstore is a fantastic local textbook seller located at 1321 10th Avenue South in downtown Birmingham. But don’t fool yourself by thinking that the staff at Snoozy’s is snoozing. They are always on top of their game and will get you in and out quickly with the items on your list because they know college students are always pressed for time. They sell new and used books, plus they offer rental programs on tons of books. One great option this store has allows students receiving financial aid to pay for their books at a later time once their financial aid money is available. This can be a huge help to students who need books right away but can’t afford to pay for them until later. The store also sells Blazers apparel, graduation items, and computer merchandise.

Textsmart College Bookstore is at 1705 10th Avenue South in Birmingham. They offer a wide selection of new and used textbooks, helping students find the lowest prices on their books. The fact that Textsmart carries a large collection of used books means you should be walking out the door with the books you need and plenty of cash left in your wallet. This store serves UAB as well as other local colleges in and around Birmingham.

Alabama Booksmith2626 19th Place South in downtown Birmingham is a great destination for all things books. Their shelves are filled with books in all genres as well as academic and scholarly books that students could use. This is a nice independent bookstore that sells something for everyone.