Frequently Asked Questions

Finding your materials

What materials do I need for my course?

You can browse or purchase online using your course number(s) (eg. FMGT 1100, TELC APP Level 1). If you don't know your course number(s), you can retrieve them by logging into your student account. If your course number does not appear at all, please go to class first, as there are likely no materials required.

When can I start buying my books for the next term?

Approximately six weeks before your course(s) start. For example, if your course starts on April 7th, so you will be able to view and order course materials around the end of February. However, because course materials may change prior to term start and our return policy allows returns two weeks from date of purchase, we do not advise buying your books early.

Be aware that course materials are posted as requests are received from your instructors, so your course can show no materials today but have several listed tomorrow. Check the website often for additions and changes, and be sure to read the returns policy.

Can I buy used books?

We will have the highest inventory of used books immediately after our monthly buyback. You will be able to purchase used books online if that option is not greyed out. Please note that used copies are not guaranteed and may sell out in our store while you are placing your online order, which would affect our ability to fill your order. In this case, we would contact you by email and ask if we can change your order to a new version at the new book price.

Used books with access codes will likely not include a working version of that code, as these are one-time use and time sensitive. The access code might need to be purchased separately through the publisher.

Why do some items on my list of course materials show no price or say "out of stock/unavailable/in transit"?

When your instructors select materials for your course, we update the information into our systems right away. We still have to order and price the materials or have the materials printed so we will not have it in stock for three or four weeks after first listing it (depending on its availability from the publishers). Also, sometimes it is not possible to have accurate pricing until the book arrives along with an invoice.

Online orders

How long does it take to receive a book ordered via the website?

Orders are processed within two business days. After shipping, your order will take about two business days to be delivered if you are located within British Columbia. Transit times outside B.C. vary.

Extra processing time will be required during the weeks prior to and during September, January, and April Rush.

When can I pick up my order, if I select "Pick Up Order at Bookstore Annex BLDG NE9"?

Online orders are ready for pick up two business days after your order is placed and will be held for 60 days. We will attempt to contact you at the email address you provided us if your order has not been picked up by this time. After this time, any unclaimed purchases will either be recycled or reabsorbed into inventory without refund.

What if I can't pick up my online order before 4:00 pm?

If you can't make it into the Bookstore Annex before 4:00 pm, select "Library after 4 pm pick-up Bldg SE14" as your shipping method at checkout. You will receive an e-mail confirmation and your order will be ready to pick up at the library front counter two business days after it was placed. Check hours of operation.

I made a mistake on my online order, how can I change it?

Please contact the Bookstore and we can make the necessary changes for you.

When will I receive the access code for the Jumpbook that I ordered?

Jumpbooks will email you the access code and instructions as soon as your order is processed, typically within one to two business days.

Textbook Buyback

Where can I sell my textbooks?

Buyback is your chance to sell unwanted textbooks. Bring your textbooks in during the dates and times and an independent used book wholesaler will determine their value and offer you up to 50% of the new book price.

There is no guarantee that a book will have a Buyback value, and BCIT Bookstore staff do not have answers about the value or need for your textbooks.

  • In order to get the best price, sell your book as early as possible.
  • Please bring your BCIT ID card.
  • Books that are damaged or have excessive highlighting or writing in them may not be purchased.

What if your books are not needed at Buyback?

If your books are not bought at Buyback, you can browse or post your books in our peer-to-peer online textbook swap section below.

Online textbook swap

  • BCIT Bookstore Swap Buy and sell textbooks and course materials for Burnaby and satellite campuses.

Returns

Are there limits on the kinds of materials I can return for refund?

Returns are restricted. If you wish to return something you bought online, please call Customer Service at 604-432-8379 before sending it back. (Shipping is at your expense). Check our returns policy for details.