Effective September 1, 2022 the VSAOC has closed the VSAOC Used Textbook Store permanently. While this has been a mainstay service we have provided to students for many years, a number of factors have led to this announcement. The demand for this service has been steadily decreasing over the past few years, and then with the disruption in service as a result of COVID-19, we just got to the point where our inventory was so depleted that it makes little sense to continue. Over the past few years, Publishers have been transitioning to more online resources, which also impacted our offerings to students.
We sympathize with students who are burdened with the costs of purchasing textbooks, and suggest the following cost-saving measures: try to purchase online when possible, check social media sites for used textbooks, and feel free to post and purchase used textbooks from other students by using the VSAOC smart phone app.
The VSAOC Used Textbook Store has been created to help you find the best possible prices for textbooks. Textbooks are expensive and students benefit from the reduced price of used textbooks, while also benefitting by being able to sell used textbooks on a consignment basis, to realize an even greater cost saving. Students can bring in their used textbooks year round, but our biggest intake of books is in the last week of August, and the first week of January. Students bringing the books to the VSAOC office sell them on consignment. All used books sell for 70% of the current new price, and the student will get 60% of the current new price. This is the best deal on campus for students! Students are paid for their books when they sell, with cheques being generated in the third or fourth weeks of September and January.
This service is wholly owned and operated by the Vernon Students’ Association – Okanagan College.
At the VSAOC Used Bookstore, you can sell your textbooks on a two-year consignment basis. The VSAOC Used Bookstore offers you, the student, the best deal on campus for your used textbooks. You receive 60% of the current new price, and you are paid only when your books sell. Textbooks typically have a short shelf life, so don’t let your textbooks sit at home alone for too long! Bring them in so they can be used and make you some extra cash!
With the ever increasing costs of textbooks and tuition, why buy new textbooks when you can purchase used ones and save yourself a bundle in cash? The VSAOC Used Bookstore sells textbooks to students as a service to benefit all students. Drop by the store to see if you can save some cash by purchasing used textbooks. Think of it from this perspective: if you purchase used textbooks and then turn around and sell them at the Used Bookstore, you only pay 10% of the current new price for the use of those textbooks!
Cheque Payout Policy
Cheques are printed throughout the year, as textbooks sell. During the first three weeks of each new term, cheques are not printed, as this is the peak selling period. The first run of cheques are typically prepared during the fourth week of each term. There are two ways in which you can receive your cheque:
- You can come into the store and get it in person. Don’t forget to bring some photo ID!
- We can mail it to you. Provide us with a self-addressed stamped envelope and we will gladly send your cheque via mail.
Each term, the VSAOC prepares a booklist which is used to determine which textbooks we will accept for consignment, as well as for establishing the consignment and selling prices for students used textbooks. Please check this list prior to bringing in your used textbooks for consignment.
You can access a copy of the most recent booklist by downloading the document here:
Please note that this list will be updated every few days. Also, please note that any cells highlighted in colour contain listings for courses and books that have not yet been confirmed for the current term.
Hours & Location
The VSAOC Used Bookstore is located in the VSAOC offices (C312A & C312B). You can visit the Used Bookstore Monday to Friday from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Please note, that there are times the store is closed during these hours, in order for the VSAOC to conduct other business.