Welcome to your M State bookstores!
The M State campus bookstores and the M State Online Bookstore have the items you need to be prepared for class including textbooks, computer software, tools, supplies and M State apparel!
The campus bookstores also accept tuition and other payments to the college. Cash, checks, MasterCard, Visa and Discover are accepted. Regular operating hours for each store are listed below, and extended operating hours are offered during the first week of each semester.
Detroit Lakes - Book Mark
Regular and summer hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
Fergus Falls - The Bookstore
Regular and summer hours: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, closed Friday. Three weeks prior to and two weeks after fall and spring semester start dates, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Moorhead - Campus Crossing
Phone: 218.299.6570; Fax: 218.299.6861
Regular and summer hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wadena - Chapter One
Regular and summer hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
Locating course material requirements
The items that are required, optional or recommended for courses can be found:
1. Online, you can access the list from the Class Schedules page. Locate the course you are taking, and click on it. At the bottom of the page will be the current list of items that are required, optional or recommended for the course.
2. In the bookstores, for on-campus courses only, courses are arranged on the shelf alphabetically by department and then numerically by course number (for example, ENGL 0050). Some courses will have multiple sections, so you may need to locate your section. **Be sure to have your class schedule available when purchasing books.**
Student bookstore charging
In an effort to encourage student persistence and success, the M State bookstores allow enrolled students to charge all of their textbooks and school supplies during the open charge period. There are no dollar limits or prior financial aid requirements. Students will be able to charge apparel only if it is a requirement of their program.
Our goal is to help support student success by allowing our students to have their materials on the first day of their courses. Charging information is uploaded overnight, so students will need to have registered for courses at least one day prior to charging books and supplies in the bookstore.
When to purchase books
Items can be purchased at any time if you are paying with cash, check or credit card. If you would like to charge to your student account, the charge period begins three weeks before the semester starts and ends the first week of class. For summer semester charge periods or other important dates, visit M State's Business Services website.
How to purchase your books
Students can purchase books for courses:
1. Online through your SpartanNet account. Purchases made online are packaged and can be picked up in the store or mailed to your home (shipping fees apply).
Note: Orders placed for online courses have the option of being mailed or picked up from only the Detroit Lakes campus bookstore. Orders must be placed online and can be picked up after your order has been processed and you receive an email stating that it is ready for pick-up.
To purchase online:
- Log into your SpartanNet account
- Scroll down to Your Class Schedule and click Buy Your Books
2. In person at the bookstore for on-campus courses only.
Inclusive access program
Inclusive access is offered by the M State bookstores for select courses. The required materials for these courses are available to registered students electronically by following a link in the course's D2L Brightspace website. The link becomes available one day prior to the start of the course. The cost of the course material is charged to your student account, and no purchase is necessary from the bookstore. The price for the materials is lower than the normal purchase price. Book requirements and fee information can be found on the Class Schedules site. See the Locating course material requirements section for more information.
Students in an inclusive access course do have the option of opting out of the inclusive access program. An opt-out function will be available inside each course's D2L Brightspace page through the first five days of the semester, and for late-start courses on the first day of the course only. If you opt out, the fee will be refunded, and your access to the materials will be disabled. Please note that the course materials are required to successfully complete the course.
For students who prefer to have a printed book to accompany the digital materials, there will be a loose leaf version of the text available for purchase through the bookstore.
Bookstore return policy
M State's Bookstore Return Policy can be found in the Student Policies section on the College Organization and Administrative Policies Web page.
Purchases from the online bookstore may be returned via mail to the online bookstore or in person at any campus bookstore. Purchases from campus bookstores must be returned to the campus bookstore where the purchase was made.
Selling books back
Students have the option of selling their books at campus buyback events scheduled during finals week of each semester (watch for posted times) or through M State's online buyback program at any time.
To access the online program:
- Log into SpartanNet
- Click Bookstore on the left
- Select the correct campus under Book Buyback
American Opportunity Tax Credit
Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) signed into law by President Barack Obama in February 2009, textbook and other course material expenses incurred in 2009 and after, and not covered by scholarship or grant aid, may be used as a tax credit on that year's income tax return.
For more information, visit the American Opportunity Tax Credit website.
Remember, students need to save bookstore receipts as proof of textbook purchases to qualify for tax exemptions. The M State bookstores do not reproduce or reprint any previous receipts.
For more timely disbursement, students are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit. To enroll, log into SpartanNet. Click eServices, Financial Aid and Deposit Setup.
For students not enrolled in direct deposit and taking campus courses, financial aid and other overage checks are distributed from the home campus bookstore. Issued checks can be picked up in the bookstore with a photo ID. To see whether a check is available, log into SpartanNet > eServices>Bills & Payments>Account Detail>Show All Detail. Any disbursements are dated and will have the description Payment to Student.
Students not enrolled in direct deposit and taking online courses will have their checks mailed to their local address on file. If no local address is provided, the permanent address on file will be used. To review your address on file, login to SpartanNet. Any changes should be submitted using the Change of Address form on M State's forms page.
M State's bookstores now offer the option of textbook rental. Textbooks eligible for rent may vary by store and semester. Rental fees can be charged to student accounts against financial aid, payment plans and other types of funding. For more information, see M State's Textbook Rental Agreement.