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Textbook Services

General Information


Textbook services is located in the lower level of The Station (map).

Office Hours

Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

General Information

Textbook Services oversees Northwest's textbook rental program, which provides primary course textbooks to students on a rental basis for most undergraduate courses. Students are assessed a per-credit-hour fee for textbook rentals during each academic term.

Students pick up textbooks from Textbook Services at the beginning of each semester and must return the textbooks by 5 p.m. on the last day of final exams. 

Late fees are charged when textbooks are returned late. A $10 fee accrues each day after the last day of final exams when textbooks are not returned and accumulate up to $50 when the student fails to return a textbook. After five days, students are assessed the $50 late fee plus the price of the textbook(s) not returned.

First-time freshmen and transfer students may elect to opt-out of the textbook rental program if they wish. Students who wish to opt-out of the textbook rental program must complete the Textbook Rental Program Opt-Out form and return it to the Office of Student Account Services by the following deadlines:

  • Aug. 1 for fall semesters, or within one week of enrollment if enrolled after Aug. 1
  • Dec. 1 for spring semesters, or within one week of enrollment if enrolled after Dec. 1
  • Within one week of enrollment for summer sessions

Students who elect to opt-out of the textbook rental program cannot opt back in and are responsible for purchasing textbooks at their own expense. Students are expected to have required textbooks for the start of each class. The Textbook Rental Program Opt-Out form can be accessed online View PDF and is available at Textbook Services.

Textbook Pickup

Hours for picking up textbooks are posted before each semester. All students must verify online at the beginning of the semester before picking up textbooks.

Students should bring their Bearcat Card with them to pick up textbooks. Students may have someone pick up textbooks as long as they have verified and provided their 919#.

If textbooks are picked up after the designated times, a late fee is assessed to the student's University account. See the miscellaneous fee schedule for Late Textbook Pickup fee.

Used Books

Students may purchase discontinued textbooks at a reduced rate. Students wishing to purchase textbooks may do so by contacting Textbook Services at 660.562.1150.

Contact Us

Textbook Services
The Station
800 University Dr.
Maryville, MO 64468
Phone: 660.562.1150

Online Students

Students at Northwest pay a per-credit hour usage fee for most primary textbooks, and Textbook Services is available for online students. Northwest Online students may order primary textbooks for most undergraduate courses through Textbook Services by contacting Include your Northwest 919#, the course numbers you are enrolled in and a shipping address.

Online students must pay for shipping charges on borrowed materials. All textbooks, CDs and other course materials borrowed must be returned to Textbook Services, 800 University Dr., Maryville, MO 64468, within one week after the day of the last scheduled final exam. A $10 late fee is assessed each day a textbook is not returned and may accumulate up to $50, plus the price of the textbook, CD or course material not returned.

Are you an Online Professional student?

Visit Northwest Online: Online Professional for information about Textbooks and Materials.

Graduate Students

All textbooks for 600-level courses must be purchased elsewhere. All 100-500 level course textbooks may be rented through Textbook Services if a book is available. See the miscellaneous fee schedule for the current graduate student textbook rental rate.

Textbook Pickup and Return Process

Please email with questions related to textbook pickup or return.

Textbook Returns

  • Textbooks must be returned to Textbook Services, located in the lower level of The Station on the Northwest campus in Maryville, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Alternatively, textbooks may be returned to Northwest-Kansas City (Suite 400, 6889 N. Oak Trafficway, in Gladstone), between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday and between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday. Call 816.272.4621 for more information. 
  • To avoid late fees, return spring 2024 textbooks in-person by 5 p.m. Friday, April 26.

Returns textbooks by shipping

Students who cannot return textbooks at Northwest’s Maryville or Gladstone locations should use the pre-paid UPS return label provided below by the University to ship their books. Students who use their own shipping label will not be reimbursed.

Any textbooks returned after April 26 will be assessed late fees up to $50. Replacement costs for textbooks not returned also will be charged to the student. Ship to:

Textbook Services
Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO  64468

Are you taking all of your classes online for Summer 2024?

If so, you may pick up textbooks before you leave campus or when you return your spring textbooks during finals week.

Textbook Pickup

Students may pick up summer 2024 textbooks during regular business hours between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at Textbook Services, located in the lower level of The Station.

Textbooks for online summer courses should be checked out before leaving campus. The books will be available during finals week during the listed hours. 

If textbooks need to be shipped for summer courses, complete the request form below. Be sure to use a current shipping address.

Textbook Shipping Request Form

Don’t Forget About Online Verification

Online verification opens April 24. You must complete your online verification before picking up your textbooks. If you have questions about verification, contact the Registrar’s Office at 660.562.1151.

For Faculty

Northwest is unique in that it provides primary textbooks for undergraduate students. Textbook Services, located in The Station, pre-packages and issues textbooks to undergraduate students for each semester. Students pay a usage fee and are responsible for returning textbooks by the end of final exams to avoid late fees.

  • Textbooks are used for a minimum of three years. After that time, course instructors may choose the textbook they believe is most appropriate for the course. New textbooks are purchased after a requisition has been submitted to Textbook Services. Requisitions are available through school directors and department chairs and must be signed by the appropriate leader before submitting to Textbook Services. School directors and department chairs have the deadline dates to place textbook orders and will provide that information to faculty; current textbook listings and the year the textbook was adopted are provided to assist with requisition decisions. Textbook Services also is available to answer questions regarding textbooks used for certain courses.
  • One book per course (all sections) is housed in Textbook Services. Special circumstances are handled on an individual basis. Requests must be accompanied by a written explanation and will be given consideration. If a book is requested to replace a textbook not used for the full three years, a similar procedure is followed. A written explanation is required and an agreement for longer use may be expected.
  • Faculty who do not obtain desk copies from the publisher may check out a copy of the textbook from Textbook Services. Lost books are the responsibility of the instructor who checked it out. All textbooks must be returned before leaving the University.
  • If a need arises for additional copies of the textbook being used, the school director or department chair must approve the order and forward it to Textbook Services. Textbook listings are used to compare enrollments to the number of textbooks available.

Supplemental materials as well as lab manuals, workbooks, etc., are ordered through the Bearcat Shop. Any other reference material requests should be submitted to the B.D. Owens Library.

Textbook Services
The Station
Northwest Missouri State University

Phone: 660.562.1150