general reading and reference

We combine national and local expertise to customize selections for our campus partners, reflecting their curricula as well as the wider interests of their community. Our comprehensive reference departments include attractively priced study guides such as SparkNotes and SparkCharts, exclusive reprints of classic works, dictionaries, other quick reference books and specialty reference titles in law, medicine, and other arts and sciences.

We also round out textbook offerings with a wide range of general reading titles – from books, magazines and newspapers to relevant trade publications. Plus, students and faculty have access to Barnes & Noble’s award-winning offerings such as:

  • NOOK®: Our award-winning eReading products include the all-new Samsung Galaxy Tab® 4 NOOK® – the award-winning reading experience integrated with a full-featured, high-performance tablet. And the NOOK Glowlight™ – our high-resolution E Ink® display creates an incredible, just–like–paper experience for anyone who loves to read.
  • Bestsellers: Our unique weekly National Campus Bestseller List tracks the 40 best-selling books across our campuses, so students can keep up with what’s popular among their peers.
  • Bargain Books: Our bargain books – priced at up to 90 percent off – offer great value to all customers. We work with vendors nationwide to put together a diverse and engaging selection for campus bookstores.
  • Textbook Rental Program

    Rental Fall2014Our textbook rental program is extremely popular with students across the country. Up to 80% of all titles are available for rent – with students choosing the rental option more than 50% of the time. Barnes & Noble College’s flexible textbook rental program has saved students nearly $1 billion since the program began in 2010. Schools that offer rentals keep more textbook dollars on campus. More »

    Registration Integration

    An innovative system that links the school’s course registration site with the bookstore’s website, Registration Integration lets students order textbooks online at the same time they register for courses.

    Cash For Books

    Cash for BooksOur Cash For Books program pays students up to 50 percent for their unwanted textbooks. On many campuses, students can even sell back their textbooks at remote buyback sites across campus at the end of the term.


    By using extensive faculty insights as the foundation, we are delivering a textbook adoption experience like no other. Our new online community, FacultyEnlightsm, combines search capabilities with product reviews and an engaging way for faculty to discover, adopt and deliver their course materials.

    Course Packs/Custom Textbooks

    Course Packs/Custom TextbooksMany faculty members today prefer creating their own textbooks, integrating their work with existing material. So we’ve partnered with XanEdu – the leading provider of course packs and custom textbooks – to offer attractive compilations, quickly and conveniently.

    NOOK Press™

    NOOK PressWith Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Press™, self-publishing is at your fingertips. The innovative self-publishing platform offers students, faculty and other aspiring authors a fast, easy and free way to write, edit, collaborate and publish the highest quality eBooks and directly distribute them to millions of avid readers. Authors simply upload their books, set a price and track sales activity.

    Distance Education

    Distance LearningOur exceptional e-commerce technology means that the world is your campus. We offer distance education students the same level of service and support as their on-campus student counterparts. So from studying abroad to learning at home in virtual classrooms, off-campus students receive materials as quickly and conveniently as possible.

    Student Financial Aid

    Student Financial AidWe provide a sophisticated, proprietary Student Financial Aid (SFA) platform that leverages cutting-edge technology to simplify the management of financial aid transactions – making it simple for students to get the materials they need and easy for administrators to work with us. Our platform works seamlessly with every financial aid system and all types of financial aid. More »