The University of Pittsburgh campus (Photo by Rebecca Selah)

The University of Pittsburgh, commonly known as Pitt, is a major university based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Originally founded in 1787, it is one of the oldest higher-level education institutions in the United States. Pitt enrolls over 28,000 students each year. Its athletic teams are called the Panthers, and they compete in the Big East conference. When it comes to textbooks, Pitt students have a few options on where to buy them both on-campus and online. Here are the best places to look for books:

The Book Center is the official campus bookstore at the University of Pittsburgh. The Book Center is located in the center of campus at 4000 Fifth Avenue. The Book Center is stocked with every textbook, study aid, and supplement for all Pitt students. When you shop here, you are guaranteed to get the right items. To find your textbook list, simply enter your course information on the website and a list of every required and recommended item will appear. The website also offers a price comparison tool to see how much your items would cost if you bought them used or took the rental option. The store sells every kind of Pitt Panthers item you can imagine. Other merchandise includes school supplies, discounted technology items, and graduation items like caps and gowns. Plus the store hosts special events throughout the year.

Since there are very few off-campus bookstores in the Pittsburgh area that are stocked with college textbooks, we recommend that you shop online for the best deals on books. A number of websites offer cheap textbooks and rental options. is one of the best retail sites online. You can buy new and used textbooks on Amazon and oftentimes save more than 50% off what you would pay for your books at the campus bookstore.

Another great site is, which is affiliated with eBay. The word “half” is key when using this site because you will only pay half the price on a huge selection of textbooks. Finally, a newer site is Chegg. This site allows users to rent textbooks or buy them new and used. Chegg’s 21-day guarantee means you will have three weeks to decide whether to keep the books you got or return them for no charge. The site also has a cool homework help section. In addition to getting books from these websites, you can also sell your own books on all of these websites and make them available to students around the world. This will increase your chances of selling them and making a bigger profit than restricting yourself to only the local bookstores.