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Grand View Bookstore





Located in the Student Center, the Grand View Bookstore is your source for textbooks, supplies, and official GV apparel. Check out the links below to learn more and stop by--the bookstore is open year-round to serve the needs of GV students, faculty, and students. 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. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday 8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Hours May 1 - 23
Monday - Friday 8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Summer Hours
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday

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

Bookstore FAQ

Q: How much do books cost per semester?
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?
Monday-Thursday 8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. During breaks, holidays and summer terms hours vary, so please watch for notification of hours during those times.

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

Q: Where is the bookstore located?
The bookstore is located in the Student Center.

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

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

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

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 one 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?
The Bookstore offers all required textbooks, Grand View clothing and gifts, school and office supplies, art supplies, computer software and accessories, greeting cards, snacks, 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 (http://bookstore.grandview.edu), it will indicate what titles have a rent option and the rental price. Rentals are generally due back by the end of the semester.

Q: Does the Bookstore offer eTextbooks?
A: Yes, eTextbooks are available for purchase and/or rent both on our website and in the store. Click here to learn more.

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?
 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?
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?
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.

Faculty FAQ

The Grand View Bookstore is owned and operated by the University. We are partners with you in the mission of the school. We are also partners for student success in making affordable course materials available. All proceeds from the store go directly back to the University to help support programs.

Q. How do I submit course material adoptions?
 Early each semester, the Bookstore Course Materials Manager will send you a request to order books for the next term. This request will include a link to an online site where you will enter the information for all required and recommended course materials. This information must be supplied each semester. Any questions concerning this process can be answered either through the online tutorial on the book adoption site or by contacting the Course Materials Manager at the Bookstore.

Q. Why are the adoption deadlines so early?
Federal HEOA requires that students know what course materials will be required for each course at the time of registration. It also helps keep costs affordable for students by giving the Bookstore time to acquire as many used books as possible, including books we buy back directly from students. On-time adoptions allow us to consolidate shipments which saves freight costs for the University.

Q. Don’t textbooks cost more at the Bookstore than other places?
Textbook affordability is of great concern to us. On average, we carry double the percentage of used book inventory than other college bookstores. We also offer a number of titles as rentals,  saving the students more than 55% of the purchase price, and we are increasing the number of e-book titles for purchase and rent each semester. We also offer a textbook price comparison tool online for students to compare the Bookstore’s prices to several outside vendors. When students have the chance to freely compare, they select the Bookstore more than 80% of the time.

Q. What else can I do to help keep textbooks affordable?
There are several additional ways you can help us keep costs down for students:

  • When considering a special bundle from a publisher, always check with the Bookstore staff to determine what the impact will be on the student. As in life, not all special deals are special.
  • Don’t tell the Bookstore that a book is required when it really isn’t. Doing so hurts both the bookstore and student, as we end up with extra books and the student may not be able to return the book if purchased elsewhere.
  • In most cases, the more semesters a book is used, the less expensive it gets.
Graduation Merchandise

Order graduation announcements 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


Tassel Edition Diploma Frame in Newport with Black/Red mats
Display your school tassel alongside your diploma within black and red museum-quality matting and the school name and official seal embossed in gold. It is framed in Newport moulding a deep-profile frame with a cherry finish and an inner gold lip.
Stock #242453   Price $139.99

To place an order, call the Bookstore at 515-263-2833 or 800-444-6083, ext. 2833. Shipping on diploma frames is $19.95 per frame.

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

Computers and Electronics

The Grand View Bookstore stocks a variety of computer and electronic products such as cables, media, flash drives, power supplies, headphones, calculators, phone cases, and hardware accessories. In addition, thousands of educationally priced computers, accessories, and software are available through our online affiliate ThinkEDU. Also, free downloads of Microsoft Office are available to Grand View students from the Grand View IT Department. Contact IT for details.

Click here to shop for educationally priced computers, software, and accessories.

Bookstore Staff

Michael Shupp

Jessica Rodgers
Assistant Manager, Operations/Merchandise

Cheryl Koch
Assistant Manager, Course Materials