BOOK BUYBACK INFO (For Fall and Spring Semesters):

Normally during the whole school year you can sell your books back to the bookstore on any day of the week, 9am-4pm, as long as the Manager is on duty that day.
If you have any questions (or to make sure the Manager is on duty), you can call us @ 330.569.5209. OR for buyback questions email Shane Kardos at 

If you can't make it into the Bookstore for buyback, try our Online Buyback! They will cover your shipping! Click on the logo below!

Online Buyback

Buyback F.A.Q.

You've got questions, we've got answers!

What is Textbook Buyback?

Textbook Buyback is an opportunity to sell your unwanted textbooks for cash.
The Bookstore buys books all year, but conducts a major buyback at the end of each Fall and Spring semester.

We are going to pay you the most cash for books being used here at Hiram College for the upcoming semester.

There are several factors used to determine how much cash you can get back for your used textbooks, including:

  1. Course Materials Orders: If an instructor has requested your textbook for next term, then the value increases. Generally speaking, textbooks will be purchased until we reach our needed quantity for the next semester.
  2. Condition: We only buy back books in resalable condition. Missing pages, water damage, mold, broken binding, etc. are not acceptable buyback conditions.
  3. Overstocks and Current Editions Not Being Used on Campus: If we have reached our limit on a particular title for next term, or if your book has not been ordered by a professor for the next semester and is a current edition, we may still purchase it. The cash back you will receive is based on various criteria, most notably the national demand for the book and the needs of other bookstores nationwide.

How will I know when Buyback is scheduled?

We buyback books everyday! But better prices are offered near the end of the semesters. Stop by with your books to check prices.

What is an ISBN?

ISBN stands for Internation Standard Book Number and is found under the barcode on the back of the book. It usually starts with a '978' and is 13 digits long.

Do I need my receipt in order to sell my textbooks at Buyback?

No. You do, however, need to bring your student ID with you. We only allow Hiram College students to do buyback.

Where can I sell back my books?

Here at Hiram College Bookstore, at the front counter.

Can I sell back my Clicker?

As long as it's used the next semester, then yes.

I don't understand what the "wholesale price" is … can you explain?

Wholesale prices range from 0 to about 30% of retail.  It’s basic supply and demand - the newer a book and therefore the greater the market demand, the higher the wholesale value for that book; the older a book and the lower the demand, the lower the wholesale value.

How does the used book company determine market value?

The prices paid by wholesale companies depend on the age, popularity, and subject matter of the book. There is significant risk that the textbook will change editions and render the wholesaler’s inventory worthless, so a lot of effort on their part is devoted to predicting demand and anticipating when editions will change.