Cook Hall on the ISU campus (Photo by Erik Abderhalden)

Illinois State University (ISU) is a large institution of higher education based in Normal, Illinois. Founded in 1857, it’s the oldest public university in the Prairie State. The school has a current annual enrollment of over 20,000 students. The athletic teams at ISU are called the Redbirds, and red and white are the official school colors. Illinois State students know the importance of getting good prices on their textbooks. Here are the best places to look for textbooks:

The Illinois State University Bookstore, which is the official campus textbook outlet, is housed in the heart of campus at 100 North University Street, Suite #223. When you buy your course materials from this store, you can rest assured that you’ll be getting exactly what you need since the professors at the school work directly with the bookstore staff. You can buy your books brand new, buy them used for savings up to 25% off, rent them for savings up to 50% off, or get digital versions of them to save over 60%. Students like options, and all of these options offer great savings on books. Open Monday through Saturday, this store also offers a variety of other items, such as backpacks, folders, pens, pencils, and lots of other school supplies. Plus you will find a number of computer software titles as well as some laptops at low prices. These items are discounted for students who show their student ID when making a purchase. Redbirds gear is also for sale to fulfill your athletic fandom needs.

The Alamo II at 319 West North Street is a great off-campus textbook outlet serving ISU students and any other college students in the Normal area. The Alamo II is open Monday through Saturday and offers extended hours at peak times during the semester. The shelves at this store are packed with textbooks for students in all academic disciplines. This includes books available for purchase and for rent. When you shop on the store’s website, you can save even more money. You can sell your books back to the store or on the website for decent buyback rates. Along with textbooks, you’ll also find apparel, gift items, and college supplies here. Shopping at the Alamo II will definitely save you cash.

The always-reliable Barnes & Noble has a location in downtown Normal. It’s at 119 East Beaufort Street. B&N has been a leading bookstore for many years and is stocked with books on a variety of academic subjects. If you can’t find all of your textbooks here, you should at least take a look at the Nook e-reader. This device allows you to read all of your digital textbooks wherever you are, which is perfect for busy college students who are constantly on the go. Many more books are for sale on the B&N website, and there is free shipping available with many orders.