M State bookstores

Welcome to your M State bookstores!

Please note: Bookstore processes have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the most current information about buying and selling textbooks, please see the Bookstores section of our coronavirus FAQs for students

The M State campus bookstores have the items you need to be prepared for class including textbooks, computer software, tools, supplies and M State apparel! Check here for textbook purchasing information.

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
Address: 900 Highway 34 East, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
Phone: 218.846.3727
Regular and summer hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

Fergus Falls - The Bookstore
Address: 1414 College Way, Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Phone: 218.736.1556
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
Address: 1900 28th Ave. S, Moorhead, MN 56560
Phone: 218.299.6570; Fax: 218.299.6861
Regular and summer hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wadena - Chapter One
Address: 405 Colfax Ave. SW, Wadena, MN 56482
Phone: 218.631.7825
Regular and summer hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

FAQs for 2020 spring and summer semesters

How can I sell my spring semester books?

Although the campus bookstores are closed to walk in traffic at this time, students can still sell their books back through the Book Buyback link in their SpartanNet account. If you have questions, call or email your bookstore.

How do I return my books if I am a PSEO student?

PSEO students will receive a letter from the college with information on how to return their college books. If you are instructed to return them to a campus, there will be a prepaid UPS label included with the information.  Please return your books as quickly as possible following your final exams. If you have questions, email PSEO@minnesota.edu.

How do I return my rented books?

All students who have rented textbooks will receive an email with information regarding rental returns.  Please check your student email account and respond with your address so the bookstore can provide you with a UPS label for shipping your rental books back to M State. If you have questions, call or email your bookstore.

How can I purchase my textbooks for summer semester?

Purchase summer textbooks through InSite, and books will be shipped directly to you. Log into SpartanNet, scroll to bottom of page and click buy books. If you have questions, call or email your bookstore.

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

Books will be available three weeks prior to the semester start. 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 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:

  • 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.

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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:

  1. Log into SpartanNet
  2. Click Bookstore on the left
  3. 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.

Check disbursements

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.

Textbook rental

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.

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