Howard University (Photo by Kevin Coles)

Howard University is a large, private, historically black university based in our nation’s capital of Washington, D.C. The school has an urban campus with just over 10,000 students enrolled in classes. Founded in 1867, Howard University’s athletic teams are known as the Bison. Red and blue are the official school colors. Howard students have a few choices on where to buy textbooks for their academic courses. Here are the best bookstores to look for books on campus and around the D.C. area:

The Howard University Bookstore is the primary textbook outlet serving students and faculty at the school. It is located right on campus at 2225 Georgia Avenue Northwest. When you shop here, you can expect great service and the peace of mind that you are purchasing the correct materials because the store works directly with the university’s professors. To order books from the bookstore, all you have to do is either enter your course information on the website or bring in your class list. You will then get a list of all the required and recommended items you need. The store offers lots of options on how to acquire your materials. You can purchase almost everything in stock either at the store or online. Books can be purchased new or used, and many are also available for rent. The store puts out a regular newsletter that you can sign up for to receive special discounts on merchandise. Discounted apparel, computer software, and school supplies are on sale as well. The store’s website has an awesome feature that lets you view a live HUB (Howard University Bookstore) camera outside the store 24/7. You can see if there is a long line of students and base this on when the best times to shop are. The store also offers buybacks and allows you to sell your textbooks online.

Books-A-Million at 11 DuPont Circle Northwest in downtown D.C. has an incredible selection of books for readers of all ages and interests. This selection includes lots of reasonably-priced academic textbooks and other course materials. Although this store does not really specialize in textbooks, you will find a wide range of books for college students. There are many books here geared toward more of the literature classes at Howard University.

Since Washington, D.C. doesn’t have a ton of stores that sell college textbooks, use as a resource to shop online and compare prices on textbooks for sale and for rent. You can save a ton of money by shopping online.