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Textbook Orders

Submission deadlines

Required textbooks are often expensive and difficult for students to purchase in a timely manner. Federal law requires colleges and universities to provide students with textbook information, such as title, publisher, and ISBN. Faculty should submit their textbook orders to the bookstore and have course materials listed in CAESAR at least one week in advance of the opening of quarter registration.

Why is this important for students? Late book orders affect the amount of copies available for sale at the start of classes and limit the ability for bookstores to buy used copies back from students. Bookstores won’t buy used books unless they know they’ll be assigned again in the future.

Deadlines for textbooks listed in CAESAR and orders submitted to the Bookstore:

  • Winter Quarter: October 25, 2019
  • Spring Quarter: February 7, 2020
  • Fall Quarter: May 15, 2020


Contact Steve Hannen, Assistant Store Manager, Northwestern Bookstore.


Course Reserves

Course Reserve service allows instructors to set aside books and articles for class use, or to make articles or book excerpts available through Canvas. Reserve items can be physical or electronic. Physical reserve materials are held at and checked out from the University Library Circulation Desk. eReserve materials may be both requested and accessed through your course site in Canvas

Place items on reserve by following the instructions on, or by contacting the reserve department at or by calling 847-491-7681.

Video tutorials are also available online:


Contact Basia Kapolka, Circulation Supervisor, Northwestern Libraries.