Downtown El Paso near the UTEP campus (Photo by David Herrera)

The University of Texas El Paso, more commonly known simply as UTEP, is a major educational institution in El Paso, Texas. The school enrolls over 20,000 students each academic year, the overwhelmingly majority of whom are undergraduate students. UTEP was founded in 1914 and its athletic teams are called the Miners. When it comes to buying textbooks, UTEP students have a number of choices for outlets. Here are some of the best places to shop at:

The UTEP Bookstore at 2201 Sun Bowl Drive on the school’s campus is the primary outlet for UTEP course materials and supplies. New and used books are for sale at decent prices, but the main advantage of shopping here is that you know you are getting what you need since the staff works with the university. Their rental program is an excellent option for students who only want to keep their books when they need them and save a ton of money while doing so. The store’s other merchandise includes UTEP Miners apparel, discounted computer hardware and software, and lots of school supplies like pens, pencils, backpacks, and binders.

El Paso Textbook Express at 7428 Gateway Boulevard East in Ranchland Village is a popular textbook provider in El Paso. The store sells new and used books at some of the lowest prices in town to UTEP students and to those attending other local colleges. They also buy used textbooks from students at competitive rates. The store is easy to get to and has plenty of parking. It is a really good place to check out for inexpensive used books. is a website specifically devoted to buyers and sellers of used college textbooks who live in El Paso. The company has an actual location at 215 Blanchard Avenue, Suite B where you can drop off the books you’re selling or pick up the books that you bought online. In order to sell a book, all you have to do is put in the book information on the website and a fair price for it will be displayed and made available to potential buyers. Those wanting to buy books can search for them on the site and then reserve them to be picked up. It is an easy way to connect with other local students and save cash or earn cash for either buying or selling your books.

CBA Textbooks is another local textbook outlet to check out. It’s located at 4100 North Mesa Street in central El Paso. Like most bookstores, you will find lots of new and used books here at very reasonable prices. It’s a good place to go to avoid some of the hustle-and-bustle of shopping closer to campus. Call the bookstore at 915-351-6260 to reserve your books before you go in so that you can get in, get out, and get back to your studies.

Finally, it’s always a good idea to drop into Barnes & Noble for textbooks, general books, school supplies, and the patented Nook e-reader. There are a few locations in El Paso, including one at 705 Sunland Park Drive. This is a great store for college students to go to because of the variety of items you can pick up. With the Nook, you can read all of your e-books wherever you are. It’s a fantastic option for a busy college student who is constantly on the go.