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Grand View Bookstore

Located in the Student Center, the Grand View Bookstore is your supplier for all your textbooks, supplies and official GV apparel. The Bookstore features a convenience store to serve students with convenience food, beverages, and personal care items. The bookstore is open year-round to serve the needs of GV students, faculty and staff.

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PLEASE NOTE: All course material titles and prices are subject to change without notice. The Grand View Bookstore cannot be responsible for course materials purchased from other sources.

Hours and Contact Information

Regular Store Hours
Monday - Thursday 8:15 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Summer Hours
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Bookstore Telephone
515-263-2833 or
800-444-6083 ext. 2833

Bookstore FAQ

Q: How much do books cost per semester?
A:
The cost of books depends on how many courses you take for the semester, which courses you take, and on whether you buy new books or used books, rent books, or purchase books from various non-campus outlets. 

Q: What are the bookstore hours?
A:
Monday-Thursday 8:15 am to 6:00 pm, Friday 8:15 am to 4:30 pm during the Fall and Spring Semester. During breaks, holidays and summer terms hours vary, please watch for notification of hours during those times.

Q: What is the bookstore telephone number?
A:
515-263-2833 or 1-800-444-6083, option 6.

Q: Where is the bookstore located?
A:
The bookstore is located in the Student Center next to the Student Life Office and Stacks Deli.

Q: What types of payment does the bookstore accept?
A:
We accept cash, personal check, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express and GV Bookstore Gift Cards.

Q: Does the bookstore sell gift certificates?
A:
Yes – you may purchase gift cards from any amount up to $500.00

Q: When are book buybacks held?
A:
Buybacks are held during finals week of fall and spring semesters.  Additional buybacks are scheduled throughout the year and will be announced.

Q: I am a student at the Camp Dodge campus, where do I buy my books?
A:
 Course materials for classes taught at Camp Dodge are available in store and on the Grand View Bookstore’s website (www.grandview.bkstr.com). Please contact Cheryl Koch at ckoch@grandview.edu or call 515-263-6134 if you would like to have your textbook delivered to Camp Dodge on the night your course begins.

Q: What is your return policy? 
A:  The return policy differs with the type of purchase:

General Refund Policy

  • Receipt required on all returns.
  • Purchases made on credit card or financial aid accounts will be refunded to the same account.
  • Purchases made by check must allow 10 days for the check to clear before a refund can be made.
  • Clearance merchandise sales are final.
  • All refunds subject to management discretion.

Textbook Refunds

  • The deadline for all textbook returns for refund is the Friday following the first day of your class session.
  • Textbooks must be in purchased condition. Refunds cannot be made for packaged course materials if the shrink wrap or seal is broken, damaged, or items are missing. Do not open any packaged course materials until you are certain you will be keeping them.
  • Syllabi and unsealed custom course packs are non-returnable. Sealed custom course packs are returnable but must be in original seal in order to be refunded.
  • Defective books and disks will be replaced or refunded at management discretion.
  • Textbooks purchased with a check will require a 10-day waiting period for the check to clear before a refund is given. However, the textbook must be brought in by the above return date to authorize the return.

Non-Textbook Refunds

  • Computer software is non-returnable after 1 week or if opened unless otherwise specified.
  • All other merchandise not listed above is returnable within 60 days of purchase if in original condition with receipt.

Q: What products does the bookstore offer?
A:
The Bookstore offers all required textbooks, Grand View clothing and gifts, school and office supplies, art supplies, computer software and accessories, greeting cards, convenience food, nursing supplies and reference books.

Q: Does the Grand View Bookstore rent textbooks?
A: Yes, the Bookstore rents a number of textbook titles each semester. When you search for your course material on the Bookstore website (www.grandview.bkstr.com), it will indicate what titles have a rent option and the rental price. You must come to the store and sign a rental agreement to rent a book for the semester.
Book Buyback

At the end of the fall and spring semesters the bookstore offers students the opportunity to sell their books back to the bookstore or to a wholesaler for cash. Fall and spring term buybacks are usually held Monday- Friday during finals week. Specific times and dates will be announced before each buy.

Throughout the year there are several other buybacks where students can sell their books. These are typically at the beginning or middle of terms and are buys done at the Bookstore but for a wholesaler only. Specific times and dates will be announced before each buy.

Q: How much will I get back for my books?
A:
 If the book is being purchased by the Grand View Bookstore the student will get up to 50% of the purchase price of the book. If the bookstore does not need the book for an upcoming course then the wholesaler will buy it for the wholesale price if it is a current edition.

Q: What determines if the Bookstore will buy my book back?
A: The Grand View Bookstore will buy your book back if:

  • The bookstore received an order for the same edition of book from the instructor before the book buyback begins. Whether a book is being used the next semester is up to the instructors and/or departments. The bookstore will only buy books that the instructors order for their courses
  • The Bookstore is not overstocked on the title and is still in need of copies for the next semester

Q: What determines the value of my textbook?
A: If the book is being used for the next semester at Grand View and the Bookstore still needs copies, you will get up to 50% of the purchase price back. If the Bookstore does not need your book then the wholesaler will buy it for current market value.

Q: Why am I only getting a few dollars back for a book that I paid $100 for?
A: There are several answers:

  • The book may be an old edition that has little national resale value
  • The book is no longer being used at Grand View and is being purchased by the wholesaler instead of the Bookstore
  • The book may be damaged or have excessive markings inside

Q: My friend sold her book yesterday and got $50. Why am I only getting $20 today?
A:
The Bookstore will only buy a certain number of copies of a book, based on the estimated sales for the upcoming term. After the Bookstore has purchased all the copies needed, the wholesaler may begin buying the book at current market value. Students are encouraged to sell their books as soon as they are finished using them for finals.

Q: What is a wholesaler?
A:
Book wholesalers are companies who buy textbooks and then resell them to college bookstores. Wholesalers typically pay anywhere between 0-30% of the new price when they buy books.

Q: What is a wholesale only book buyback?
A: Wholesale only buybacks are buys when the bookstore is not purchasing books. The wholesaler is purchasing books for their use only. These buys usually take place at the beginning or middle of the semester when the Bookstore does not need additional stock. These buys will be advertised ahead of time.

 

Graduation Merchandise

Order graduation announcements online.
Order class rings online.

Click on images to see larger versions of the merchandise.
 

Silver Embossed Devonshire Diploma Frame
Features the school name and official seal silver embossed on black suede and silver museum-quality matting. The Devonshire molding is crafted of hardwood with a dark espresso satin finish and silver inner lip.

Stock #179936   Price $114.99

 


 

Embossed Gallery Diploma Frame
Features the school name and official seal gold embossed on black and red museum-quality matting. The Gallery molding is crafted of solid hardwood with a high-gloss cherry lacquer finish and gold inner lip.

Stock #145625   Price $99.99

 


 

Engraved Medallion Signature Diploma Frame
Features a two-toned medallion of your school seal set into 23K gold and presented on black museum-quality matting with the school name embossed in gold. It is framed in our Signature molding, crafted in solid hardwood with an elegant cherry finish, and accented with a black bead on the inner lip.

Stock #288777   Price $119.99


To place an order, call the Bookstore at 515-263-2833 or 800-444-6083, ext. 2833. Shipping on diploma frames is $17.95 per frame.

*Grand View College diploma frames in the above styles and prices are also available upon request. Please contact store to special order.

Computer Software & Accessories

The Grand View University Bookstore carries a variety of computer software at educational prices. Included are licensed versions of Adobe and Microsoft products. The Bookstore also carries computer accessories such as cables, media, flash drives, cleaning supplies, computer bags, digital cameras and hardware. 

Bookstore Staff

Michael Shupp
Director
mshupp@grandview.edu 

Jessica Shaeffer
Assistant Manager, Operations/Merchandise
jshaeffer@grandview.edu

Cheryl Koch
Assistant Manager, Course Materials

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