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Each semester course materials will be listed in the Order Textbooks section by course number and section. Orders must be prepaid by Cash, Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover), or Student Accounts (Financial Aid). Along with a course's textbooks, required materials such as calculators, culinary uniforms and cutlery, and biology items, are now available online and appear with the appropriate course's textbooks on the Ordering Textbooks page. Orders can be picked up in store, or sent via FEDEX.

NOTE: Textbook orders with split tenders (part credit card, part Student Accounts, part cash, etc.) can only be processed in store only.

Credit Card Orders

Course Materials will be available for online ordering by Credit Card on the same day registration begins, the order acts as a reservation for the textbooks, and the order will be filled as soon as the textbooks arrive at the store leading up to the beginning of the semester. When the order is filled, an email notification will be sent when it is ready for pick up or ready for shipping by FEDEX delivery.

Student Accounts (Financial Aid) Orders

Student Accounts (Financial Aid) orders are available the first day Student Accounts open. This date varies by term and is announced within a few weeks before the start of each semester, and will be filled within 48 hours after they are placed. Pick up your books at the College Store, or have them shipped via FEDEX. Each time you charge something to your Student Account, you will receive a detailed receipt including your current balance. KEEP ALL RECEIPTS. You will need them for any exchanges or returns. When using your Student Account to purchase textbooks and materials, you must present a valid SUNY Schenectady Student Photo ID, the card is scanned at the register to access your account balance.



Orders can be placed at any time, however not all materials may be available.We will process your order as soon as the textbooks become available for sale. No online orders are processed on weekends, if you place an order after the store closes on Friday, it will not be seen until the store opens on Monday morning.

When ordering you will receive two emails, the first confirming that your order has been placed, and the second when your order has been completed and is ready for pick-up, or is being prepared for shipping.

Students must present a valid SUNY Schenectady Student Photo ID for textbook order pick-up in the College Store.

When you receive your textbooks, be sure to note any Online Access Cards that may come with your textbooks. All online orders are subject to a $5.00 handling fee, unless otherwise noted.

Please do not come to the store until you have received your Online Order Pick-up Email and read its instructions. PLEASE NOTE: After placing an order, if you do not receive a confirmation email within 48 hours, please check your email account's spam folder, it might have been placed there.

NOTICE: When ordering, please make sure your information is accurate and complete. We screen diligently for credit card and Financial Aid fraud.



Standard FedEx ground shipping (7-10 days, usually much less) $12.95 base fee, plus $2.95 for each additional item. Certain culinary merchandise is exempt from the additional $2.95. Certain single orders of access codes may be emailed. WE CAN NOT SHIP TO P.O. BOXES. Student Accounts can be used to pay for shipping.


Disclaimer: All course material information and pricing is subject to change without notice. All totals are calculated using new prices, as we cannot guarantee the availability of used books. We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information on this web site. The College Store is not responsible for materials purchased elsewhere.

About Our Textbook Options

New and Used Textbooks

We sell many textbooks in new condition. We obtain as many used books as possible. Used books will save you about 25% of the new book price. When purchasing used books, you may not have the online access cards (see below) necessary for any web-enhanced materials needed for the course.

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Online Courses

The College Store sells all required textbooks and materials for online courses. Purchase them the same as regular classes.



eBooks are now available through The College Store. eBooks are convenient, less expensive than print books, and delivered right to your desktop. Features and capabilities include; Printing, Note Taking, Highlighting, Searching, Underlining, and Read-Out Loud.  Minimum Requirements; Windows 7,10,11,, or MacOS 10.2.9 or above, High-Speed Internet connection, and FREE reader software (available online).


How eBooks work

Purchase the eBook card through the bookstore cashier just as you would purchase a printed textbook. Purchasing an eBook card authorizes the card, but does not activate it. When you're ready to read your eBook, go to the computer where you'll use it. 


 To activate your eBook, go to the Redshelf tab under the Ordering Info drop down menu. Create an account if you haven't used Redshelf before, and then input the code found on your receipt or in the email.


Your eBook is now activated and cannot be returned. Follow the easy on-screen prompts to download your eBook. You will need the latest version of the free reader software to read your eBook. When you log in, you will be given the information to find the necessary software.


Online Access Cards

Textbooks often come with Online Access Cards packaged with the textbook. These are supplemental materials that use online content that can only be accessed using the log in information on the card. Be careful not to lose or throw these away! They are difficult to replace and are often very expensive. Some Online Access Card have the code printed on your receipt after purchase.


Course Materials

The College Store also carries all required course materials such as art supplies, music supplies and all culinary and dining room uniforms, as well as knives and pastry supplies.

Student Account Bookstore Credit (Financial Aid) may be used to purchase any materials that are required for a course. The College Store now has course materials available online for classes that have requirements for them, and are listed along with that class’s textbooks on the Ordering Textbooks page.




Any textbook or merchandise that needs to be returned MUST be retuned within 10 business days and have the original receipt for a full refund. Shrink-wrapped textbooks and textbook bundles must not be opened, undamaged, and any access cards/online materials must not be used. You must also bring your SUNY Schenectady Photo ID card.

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