The Youngstown State University campus (Photo by Ryan Leighty)

Youngstown State University is a large public research university with its main campus in Youngstown, Ohio. Originally founded in 1908, the school currently enrolls about 15,000 students. The athletic teams at the school are known as the Penguins, and the official school colors are red and white. Pete the Penguin is the university’s athletic mascot. When it comes to buying their textbooks, Youngstown State students have a few choices on where to get them. Here are the best bookstores to check out for textbooks:

The YSU Bookstore, located on the campus of Youngstown State at 123 Spring Street, is the official bookstore at the school. It has served the university for over 30 years and is staffed with friendly and knowledgeable individuals to help you find the materials you need and get the best possible prices on them. Open Monday through Saturday with occasional Sunday hours at peak times throughout the year, there are several ways to get your books from this bookstore. You can buy new books, used books, or rent your books either in-store or online. You also have the ability to sell your used textbooks back to the store or return books for courses that you may have to drop prior to the add/drop deadline. Additionally, you can purchase discounted Apple, HP, and Microsoft products, including hardware and software. Other items you may be interested in here are souvenir items, alumni items, graduation supplies, shirts, hats, and other apparel to show support for the YSU Penguins athletic teams. The store’s website has a convenient price comparison tool so you can find out whether you are getting the best deal from the bookstore or if there are better prices from other booksellers. Most bookstores don’t want you to know this information, but the YSU Bookstore is very upfront about it, which is a huge benefit for students.

A great off-campus bookstore is Campus Book & Supply. Located right across the street from Jones Hall on the Youngstown State campus at 23 Lincoln Avenue, this store has proudly served the YSU community since 1983. It’s considered the main independent textbook outlet in the area and has gained a very respectable reputation for reasonable prices and good customer service. Books are available for purchase and for rent. You can get some great deals on the used books here. Plus there is a $20 discount on orders over $300 both in-store and online. But you won’t have to worry about paying this much in many cases since lots of books are discounted compared to the prices of the books at the campus bookstore. Other merchandise includes diploma frames and some athletic gear.

Barnes & Noble has a location in downtown Youngstown at 381 Boardman Roland Road. B&N is known for carrying quality books and other items, and the selection here includes a variety of academic books and materials for students of all majors. One of the store’s more popular items is the Nook e-reader, which can be used by college students to read their digital textbooks wherever they are. The online selection of Barnes & Noble is second-to-none and includes plenty of textbooks that you may not find in the store.