Viewing Textbook Information
To view textbook information, view the session details of a course in Course Search & Enroll.
Please note: Textbook information becomes available in Course Search & Enroll and other resources once professors and instructors provide it. Some professors and instructors choose not to include textbook information but instead may email enrolled students a syllabus or other class materials before class.
Buying Textbooks and Course Materials
Textbooks are available at a variety of on-campus locations, including numerous campus-area bookstores.
Students may also be required to purchase course packets, lab equipment, and/or art materials. These items are available at campus or local stores.
Textbooks can be expensive, and some cost-saving alternatives are available. Students should be sure to purchase the correct textbook edition. The International Standard Book Number (ISBN), the 10 or 13-digit number that uniquely identifies books published internationally, is included in the textbooks listings if the instructor has provided it.
Alternatives to Buying New Textbooks:
- Look early for used copies. Check local bookstores that buy back textbooks.
- Borrow from a campus library.
- Campus libraries have copies of many course texts available for short-term loan (including high-cost textbooks funded with support from the UW Foundation Parent Fund).
- Visit the libraries’ website for details.
- Consider renting through a local bookstore or online textbook rental website.
- Consider purchasing textbooks online.
- Consider using online textbooks or ebooks.
- For students who own iPads, Kindles or other tablet devices, textbooks may be purchased and/or rented at a lower price than printed copies.
*Note: Independent websites and/or stores for purchasing and/or renting textbooks are private companies and are not affiliated with or endorsed by UW-Madison.