Western Illinois University is in the western region of the state in Macomb. (Image credit: Norman B. Leventhal Map Center)

Western Illinois University is a public institution of higher education in Macomb, Illinois. The school was originally established in 1899, just one year prior to the start of the 20th century. Also known as WIU, the school currently enrolls over 11,000 students, most of whom are undergraduates. Purple and gold are the official school colors, and the athletic teams at WIU are known as the Fighting Leathernecks. Western Illinois students know how important it is to shop around for textbooks. The following bookstores are the best places to look for books:

The Union Bookstore at 1 University Circle is the official bookstore that is owned and operated by Western Illinois University. It’s housed in the heart of campus on the bottom floor of the Union building. Open Monday through Saturday, this bookstore carries all of the required and recommended items that students need to be successful in their classes. This store offers a number of options on how to get your books. If you prefer buying your books, you can either purchase them new or in a gently used condition. If you’d rather rent your materials, you can do that as well for a much more reasonable price. The store has a buyback program so that you can sell back your books when you’re done with them to get some extra money back and to get them out of your closet. Along with textbooks, you’re also able to buy other items here. These items are apparel to show support for the hometown Leathernecks teams, graduation supplies like caps, gowns, and announcements, as well as school supplies and select software and hardware products. This store occupies 11,000 square feet and is loaded with everything you could possibly need if you’re a college student.

Textbook Brokers at 339 North Clay Street in downtown Macomb is another good option for purchasing your textbooks off-campus. Textbook Brokers has a number of locations throughout the country and is known for offering some of the best low prices on course materials for college students. You can buy or rent many of your textbooks here, and the friendly staff will help you track down the stuff you need. You can also order many of your textbooks online and still enjoy the savings that you’d receive when shopping at the store’s physical location. There is a great buyback program at the store as well so you can sell yoru used books to the store for a competitive buyback rate.

If you can’t find your textbooks in the above stores or are simply looking to shop around for books, use Textbooks.org as your premier resource for price comparison on college textbooks.