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How do I place an online order?

Follow these step by step instructions to help place your online textbook order. For more information on how to order click on the How to order textbooks online link under the textbooks tab. 

How do I pay for my books online and reserve them at the store for pick up?
On the checkout page, for the shipping method check "pick up at Bookstore."  Please bring your student ID and the order confirmation along with you when picking them up.


Can I purchase my books in person?

Online orders are the preferred method for buying textbooks. The bookstore is offering free shipping* for all online orders for Spring Semester which opens on December 18, 2023.  You can also purchase your textbooks in store, follow the signs to the side window (by Singley Hall) to make your book/code request.  We ask that you provide us with a booklist from our website and we will pick the books for you. Please have your Student ID  available.  If you do not have a Student ID, you will need to get one from the Campus Safety Office.


*Free shipping only on orders being sent to lower 48 States. Orders being shipping to Alaska, Hawaii, or Internationally will be charged shipping.

Why did I receive a "new" textbook when I specified "used" textbooks

Unfortunately, used textbooks are not available in every title. If a used book is not available for a particular class a new book will be substituted and vice versa. The dollar amount of your order will change if substitutions are made. All prices are subject to change without notice. Please note: while both used and new prices may be listed, this does not guarantee the availability of textbooks in these conditions.

I ordered just Access codes for my class, will they be mailed to me or do I receive immediate access?

Orders that contain only access codes will be emailed to the email address provided when placing your order.


I am having trouble accessing my Digital Ebook, who do I contact for technical support?

We have partnered with RedShelf and VitalSource for the Digital Ebooks. You can contact VitalSource for technical support at 1-855-200-4146 or [email protected].  Redshelf questions can be answered through their website.

How do I purchase Microsoft Office?
RCTC has Office 365 which allows students to use Office on their personal devices.  To obtain Microsoft Software,  log into your RCTC Student email account if you are a current student, or your RCTC Staff/Faculty email login, then click Office 365 near the upper left hand corner, then click Install now.


Store Hours


Monday - Friday  8am-4:30pm

Saturday - Sunday: CLOSED



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