Cedar Falls, Iowa, home of UNI (Photo by rayb777)

The University of Northern Iowa is a public university based in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Founded in 1876, the school currently enrolls just over 11,000 students and employs about 800 academic faculty members. The school has 15 varsity athletic teams that are known as the Panthers. Purple and gold are the official school colors at UNI. When it comes to textbooks, Northern Iowa students have some options on where they can buy them. Here are the best places to shop for books:

University Book and Supply at 1009 West 23rd Street is the official campus textbook provider for Northern Iowa students and faculty. Open Monday through Saturday and with extended hours during special times throughout the year, this store offers a massive selection of textbooks and has various options on how students can acquire their books. Not only can you buy your books new or used, but also you can rent both new and used versions of them in most cases. The store’s website has a cool price comparison feature to ensure that you get the best prices on your course materials. Along with textbooks, you will find discounted computer hardware and software, office and dorm supplies, graduation gear, Panthers team apparel, and so much more when you shop at University Book & Supply. This bookstore has remained open for over 70 years, which is rare for campus bookstores. The friendly staff here will assist you with any needs you have in order to succeed academically at the university.

Barnes & Noble has a location in nearby Waterloo at 1518 Flammang Drive. B&N has a tremendous selection of books on all subjects. This selection includes an array of academic materials and some textbooks on various subjects, especially books that are frequently used in English, literature, or writing classes. You can also buy the popular Nook e-reader at Barnes & Noble. This device allows readers to take their books (including textbooks) on the go. So you can read your digital textbooks in your dorm room, in the library, in the classroom, or anywhere for that matter.

If your textbooks are not available in either of these stores, be sure to use Textbooks.org if you plan to purchase them online. This website allows you to compare prices on the textbooks you need from a number of online booksellers. These booksellers offer books for purchase and for rent. The best way to save cash on your books is to shop around at different places for them to find the most inexpensive prices.