BookNook offers discontinued textbooks for reasonable prices

April 16, 2018

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Textbook Center invites students, faculty, staff and community members to visit the BookNook, a textbook re-store that offers discontinued textbooks for reasonable prices. The BookNook is open the same hours as the Textbook Center: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

When textbooks are no longer used by the university for classes, they are moved to the BookNook and sold for pennies on the dollar. Prices on most previously used textbooks are $5 or less, and many of the books are free. The managers of the BookNook reserve the right to negotiate higher prices with book vendors and bulk purchases.

“Reasons for shopping in the BookNook are a multitude – starting your own professional library, picking up books you had as a student, using former textbooks as additional resources for your current classes and even learning a new language,” said Roxane Schult, manager of the Textbook Center. “Campus-wide activities are a huge selling resource for us. The Engineering Expo, Ag Skills Day and the Career Fair bring many alumni to the BookNook, looking for their old textbooks or to add to their libraries.”

Schult noted that recently, an alumna contacted the Texbook Center with a list of her prior textbooks as she was preparing for a professional exam. Thanks to the BookNook, the Textbook Center was able to provide her with two of the books on her list for a quarter each, and even mailed them to her.

Currently, there are over 10,000 copies of 240 different titles on the BookNook’s shelves. This does not include the “free” aisle and the books on the campus-wide “free” tables. Since July 1, 2017, over 3,600 books have been sold, with countless others moving to “free,” adding $14,000 in income for the current fiscal year to purchase new textbooks and resources.

A list of discontinued titles for sale in the BookNook can be found below.

For more information about BookNook, visit:

Free, discontinued textbooks can also be found on tables in UW-Platteville’s Doudna Hall (one by the Music Program office and one by the School of Education office), Boebel Hall, Ullsvik Hall, Russell Hall (first floor), Ottensman Hall Atrium and Engineering Hall.

Written by: Laurie A. Hamer, University Relations Specialist, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,


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