Alfond Stadium at the University of Maine (Photo by Bill Comstock)

The University of Maine, also known as UMaine, is a public university in Orono, Maine. Originally established as a small college in 1865, the university currently enrolls over 11,000 students and employs over 700 academic staff members. The official school colors are blue and white, and the athletic teams at the school are called the Black Bears. Bananas the Bear is the official Maine mascot. Maine students know how important it is to shop around for textbooks in order to get the best prices. The following stores are the best places to look for books both on campus and in the Orono area:

The UMaine Bookstore is the official textbook retailer of the University of Maine. It is located right on campus at 5778 University Bookstore. Students who shop here know they are getting the right materials because the staff works directly with university faculty to determine which books go with which courses. There are lots of options on getting your textbooks here. You can buy your books brand new or get them in a gently used condition with only a little highlighting. You can also rent your textbooks or buy digital copies of them. In addition, the store will buy back a huge selection of used textbooks. So if you have any books just lying around, bring them in to get some cash for them. This store frequently offers discounts on books and other items, so be sure to stop in frequently and check the website. Along with textbooks, you can buy general books, school supplies, alumni items, and so much more here.

The College Store at 103 Park Street is a great alternative to the campus bookstore. Open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., this store is conveniently located close to the Orono campus. You will enjoy shopping here because of all the great savings offered on textbooks and on college supplies in general. There is a much larger selection of used textbooks here, and it’s always a good idea to go with the used ones if they are available because of how much lower in price they are. New books and rental options are available as well. If you’re looking for other course materials like study aids, workbooks, and reference manuals, you can get those here also. Most items that are sold at the store are sold online.

If you can’t find your books in these two stores, you might want to check out Chegg. This online service offers incredibly low prices on college textbooks and has one of the biggest selections of rentals you will find anywhere. The site offers fast 2-day shipping on all orders, which gives you a great backup option if you want to rent your books but need them ASAP and can’t find them elsewhere. You can purchase textbooks on the site as well.