Purchasing your textbooksPurchasing your textbooks from the Hawk Shop means you're guaranteed the correct course materials, can expect easy returns, offered convenient forms of payment (including U-Bill) - and most importantly, your purchase supports student programs and facilities on campus.Search For TextbooksTextbook Info- Please read over carefully before purchasing textbooks.If you are unable to find textbooks for your specific course it is because the instructor has not yet submitted their textbook list to the Iowa Hawk Shop. The University of Iowa does not have a required date for professors to turn in textbook lists so this may be a problem for some classes.Textbook prices and lists for classes may be subject to change. If you are unsure what texts to purchase, please check with your instructor for required texts.Always save your receipt! A receipt is required for refunds as well as rental returns!Digital textbooks and supplement access codes can be sent to students electronically if purchased online. This is an option for students to choose. There will be no returns or refunds after the code has been sent electronically to the student.When looking to purchase textbooks in-store please remember to bring in your course list from ISIS so you have the course number/section. It may also be helpful to bring in the titles of your textbooksRemember: It is important to use your university email address on all orders with the Hawk Shop as to ensure proper communication.When can I buy my books?Students will be able to purchase books for the fall term, online and in-store, beginning in August. Our recommendation is that students purchase their textbooks as early as possible as to avoid crowds and to get the best selection possible. Textbooks for winter and spring semesters will be available around two weeks before the start of the semester.
How are my textbooks chosen?University of Iowa professors select particular textbooks to be used in each of their courses.
Can I charge my books to my UBill?Yes, all students will be able to purchase their textbooks via UBill. However, before putting textbooks onto your UBill, you must make sure that previous UBills have been paid.
Can I order my textbooks online and pick them up when I get to campus?Yes, you may purchase your textbooks online but make sure to select in-store pickup when ordering. Your textbooks will be charged upon ordering and will be boxed and set aside in-store for you.
How much should I plan to spend on textbooks?For the first semester students should budget for between $300 to $500 for textbooks. While all textbook prices vary, we believe this is the average that students spend their first semester of college.
Which is the return policy for textbooks?No matter when you purchase your textbooks, whether it be in the summer or a day before classes start, the return policy for your textbooks begins the day classes start. Students will have 2 weeks from the start of classes to return textbooks for a full refund and 6 weeks from the start of classes if they have a signed drop slip from their instructor.
What is a "clicker"?A "Clicker" refers to a handheld electronic device which is used in many college courses. These devices may be used for a handle full of reasons, whether it be taking attendance, answering in-class questions, and taking quizzes or tests. Students will only need one and may keep it throughout their entire time at Iowa since you can use them for multiple courses.
Can I purchase access codes separately?Yes, the Iowa Hawk Shop offers access codes separately as well as bundled in with textbooks. It is most common that access codes will be available bundled with textbooks. If you are unsure if access codes are required for your particular course, please check with your instructor before purchasing your textbooks.
What is the difference between looseleaf books and hard/paperback books?Looseleaf versions of books are often saran wrapped and are not bound. Students are able to put the whole looseleaf book into a binder. This allows the student to put only certain chapters/sections into a binder rather than carrying around the whole book. It is important to make sure the looseleaf book you buy is the right one before you take off the saran wrap. If you take off the saran wrap and then find out the book is not the right one then you will not be able to return the textbook.
Do University of Iowa students receive discounts on textbooks?No, students do not receive discounts; all students are charged the same price for books.