The MTSU campus (Photo by Lindsey Turner)

Middle Tennessee State University, commonly called MTSU, is a major public institution of higher education located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Middle Tennessee was originally founded in 1911. The school currently enrolls over 24,000 students and has about 900 academic faculty members, as well as some beautiful log furniture. The 15 athletic teams at the school are called the Blue Raiders, and the school mascot is named Lightning. Students at Middle Tennessee are aware of how essential it is to shop around for their textbooks. The following stores are some of the best places to look for good deals on books and school supplies:

The official textbook provider of MTSU is the Phillips Bookstore. The Phillips Bookstore is owned and operated by the university, so students can be assured that they will receive the items necessary for their classes when they shop here. It is located on the first floor of the Keathley University Center. There are numerous options on how students can get their books. These range from buying them new, buying them used, renting textbooks, and buying digital versions of them. The store also has certain buyback periods where you can sell your books back to the store for a decent rate. In addition, the store sells computer hardware and software at discounted prices as well as lots of Blue Raiders apparel and accessories. School and dorm supplies are for sale here, too.

Blue Raider Bookstore is considered the premier independent textbook store in Murfreesboro. Serving MTSU and other local college students since 1987, Blue Raider Bookstore is at 1321 Greenland Drive. This store is packed with all the textbooks and merchandise a college student could possibly ask for. New, used, and rental books are available. You can also order everything online if you prefer. Plus the store has a convenient drive-through window for easy book pick-up. Another cool option is that you can sell your books back to the store throughout the entire year – something many bookstores only do at certain times. The store is open Monday through Saturday and has extended hours at the start and end of each academic term. Other items available here include Blue Raiders gear, dorm supplies, school supplies, and gift cards.

Textbook Brokers at 7403 Greenland Drive in downtown Murfreesboro is a fantastic outlet for textbooks. Textbook Brokers has some of the cheapest prices on books in town. Not only can you buy new and used books at vastly reduced prices, but you can also rent books, reserve them online for pick-up, and order books online. Shipping on orders over $100 is free. This company, which serves universities nationwide, is committed to providing students with the best possible prices because they understand how expensive textbooks are. That is why it is a smart decision to shop here.

Another great off-campus bookstore is Beat The Bookstore. Located right down the street from the MTSU campus at 2826 Middle Tennessee Boulevard, Beat The Bookstore does its best to offer the lowest prices on textbooks and other course materials. One advantage of shopping here is that most of the employees are students. They understand the importance of shopping around and comparing prices on textbooks. You can also get special discounts and learn about promotions through the store’s Facebook page. The selection here includes new, used, and rental textbooks. You can also sell your books to the store for a great price.