The University of Arizona campus (Photo by Raquel Baranow)

The University of Arizona is a major public research university based in Tucson, Arizona. Originally founded in 1885, the University of Arizona is the oldest university in the state and was established 27 years before Arizona was even admitted to the union. UA’s athletic teams are known as the Wildcats. Students at the university are fortunate to have some decent options on where to buy their textbooks. Here are the best places to look in and around the Tucson area:

The UA Bookstore is the official campus textbook provider for the University of Arizona in Tucson. It is housed inside the Student Union Memorial Center at 1209 East University Avenue, a convenient spot for students on campus. The store is open seven days a week and has extended hours at peak times throughout the year. Even though this is the main campus bookstore, they still keep the budgets of students in mind and will do whatever they can to make sure students save money on their course materials. Books can be purchased as new or gently used. They can also be rented, and digital textbooks are available as well. They will also buy back various books if they are in decent condition. They have a price compare tool on their website and openly recommend that students use other sites like or to see if their books are priced lower on those sites. Other items available at the store include educationally discounted hardware and software, Wildcats gear, and general books.

The Arizona Bookstore at 845 North Park Avenue is a great off-campus bookshop. This store sells a ton of new and used textbooks at great low prices. They also have a variety of books available for rent, which is a fantastic way for students to save money on their books. You can order many of the books they have in stock by shopping online. Plus they carry a large selection of Wildcats apparel and gifts. You can be assured you will save money on textbooks when shopping here.

The Follett Campus Bookstore at 2202 West Anklam Road is another good bookstore to check out in the area. Follett’s is always stocked with all the latest textbooks at reasonable prices. Along with new and used textbooks, they also sell various course materials and supplemental study aids. They specialize in selling everything for college students, so you will also see lots of other handy school supplies and items at their store. Call them at 520-620-1510 to make sure they have the materials you need on their shelves.

Barnes & Noble at 5130 East Broadway Boulevard has a ton of academic and general books. B&N is always consistent in having the latest and greatest books on its shelves. In addition to novels and subject-specific books, you will find textbooks in various courses here, too. The Nook e-reader is available at B&N and is a convenient tool for students to use if their books are available digitally.