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Frequently Asked Questions

What email do I login with?

In order to checkout, you will need to register an account with the Northland Store. Register using any email you prefer.

Please note: Email is the main form of communication that the MN Textbook Center uses, so use an email that you check daily.

Where do I buy my textbooks?

Textbooks are sold online only, go to textbooks.

If it is the first time you have ordered online, you will need to register first. Log in, click on "order textbooks", select your course(s) from the menu, and then click on "get course materials."

You will need your course schedule in order to accurately find your textbooks.

Open your class schedule in eServices and click on "Review My Plan." Your courses will be listed with a four letter subject/department code, a four digit course number, and a two digit section number (for example: ENGL 1111 01, or MATH 1110 90).

How much do my textbooks cost?

The best way to check prices for textbooks is on our website, go here.

Click on “order textbooks", select your course(s) from the menu, then click on “get course materials.” The textbooks for your courses will displayed, along with prices for used books and new books.


Please note: while both used and new prices may be listed, this does not guarantee the availability of textbooks in these conditions. Prices are subject to change.Your order total will change if substitutions are made.

What are my payment options?

Students have two payment options, charge to their student account or pay with a credit/debit card.

To charge required textbooks & supplies to your student account, select Student Charging as your payment type during checkout and enter your TECH/STUDENT ID in the account number field.

Or you may use your credit/debit card to pay for your purchase.

What is Direct Digital?

The Northland Store has been working with Northland College instructors and textbook publishers on an exciting new program designed to help reduce the cost of textbooks. The required materials for participating classes will be available to students digitally through a link on the course's D2L website (access to the course D2L website begins three days prior to the start of the semester). Access to the materials is entirely covered by the fee that is charged for the class, no additional purchase is necessary.

If you prefer, you may opt out of this program and find your required materials elsewhere. An opt out function will be available inside the course D2L page along with the course materials. If you do opt out, the fee will be refunded and your access to the materials will be disabled. Requests to opt out must be received no later than the Friday of the 2nd week of the semester.

For those who prefer to have a printed book to supplement their digital materials, information about ordering an optional printed “upgrade” will also be available in D2L. If you are having any issues, please contact (312) 878-2628 or for customer support.

How do I place an online order?

Please see our How to Order page for instructions. If it is the first time you have ordered textbooks online, you will need to register on our site first. Please use a valid email address that you check regularly when registering. Be sure to check your spam folder, as sometimes our messages may be directed there. Email is our primary method of communicating with you!

What is my account number?

If you are charging to your student account or paying with a Third Party payment, Veteran's benefits/deferment, or PSEO, your account number requested on the checkout page is your TECH/STUDENT ID.

How do I know my online order was received?

You will receive an email from the MN Textbook Center confirming your online order was placed. The confirmation will be sent to the email address you used when registering on our site and will include your order number. If you do not receive an email confirmation within 24 hours of placing your order, your order was not received and you will need to submit a new one.

You can also log into your Northland Store account and track your orders to see if the order went through!

Please note: you will receive a separate email once your order is ready for pick-up or has been shipped.

How long does it take for online orders to be processed?

It typically takes 1-2 business days for an online order to be processed. However, during busy times (like the beginning of each semester), orders can take 3-4 days to fill. Please plan ahead and order early.

I requested a used book, but I received a new book. Why?

We make every effort to fill your order as requested, but we reserve the right to make substitutions if your books are not available in the requested condition. This means if you select "used" and a used book is not available at the time your order is filled, a new book will automatically be substituted, and vice versa. The dollar amount of your order WILL change if substitutions are made. All prices are subject to change without notice. Please note: while both used and new prices may be listed, this does not guarantee the availability of textbooks in these conditions.

What does it mean when an item in my order is marked as a "Backorder" on my receipt?

If your item is backordered, that means that we have placed an order with the publisher/manufacturer and are expecting a delivery of the item. Your order remains in our system, but you have not been charged for it yet. When we receive the item from the publisher/manufacturer, you will be charged for the item and you will receive an email when your item is ready to be picked up or has been shipped to you.

Unfortunately, it is difficult to estimate how long an item will remain on backorder. Generally the wait is fairly short, but sometimes the publisher will have to print more copies of an uncommon or custom book, or combine orders from multiple warehouses. The Bookstore works hard to ensure that we receive all course materials in as timely a fashion as possible and we apologize for any issues caused by backordered books.

Options for backordered textbooks in the meantime:

For textbooks: many instructors make textbooks, articles, and other course material available for use in the library through the Northland College Library's reserve collection.

For access codes: see your instructor. Sometimes it is possible to obtain temporary, limited access from the publisher.

How do I cancel an online order?

Orders can be cancelled by sending an email to The email must include your name, TECH ID, order number, and the reason for the cancellation. Please let us know as soon as possible if you need to cancel your order. If an order has already been processed, we may not be able to cancel it.

Why was my online order cancelled?

Some common reasons for cancellation are:

  • The payment method entered was declined
  • Financial aid funds were not available during the charging period
  • You requested the cancellation

If you feel your order has been cancelled in error, please contact us immediately.

How do I know when my online order is ready to be picked up?

You will receive an email stating that your order is ready for pick-up. Check your email regularly for messages from MN Textbook Center. If you are expecting a message from us and you do not see it in your inbox, check your junk/clutter/spam folder.

What do I need in order to be able to pick up my online order?

You must have a photo ID to pick up your order. Acceptable forms of photo ID is a government issued ID. The name on your ID must match the name on your order.

Can someone else (friends/family) pick up my online order?

Usually*, if you enter the person’s name in the “customer notes” field when placing your order. If you didn't enter that information while you were placing your order, you can still have someone else pick up your order. Email us at and let us know the name of the person who will be picking up your order. Please note: a photo ID is required to pick up all orders.

*PSEO students must pick up their own orders. No exceptions.

Where do I pick up my online order?

You can choose to pick up your online order at the Northland Store's East Grand Forks or Thief River Falls location. Select your preferred pick-up location when you checkout.

Where do I purchase and pick up my Kits?

Course kits are listed online but can only be purchased in-store. Check the campus store location where your kit is available for purchase. Kits cannot be purchased online and cannot be shipped.

What does "Free Textbook Shipping" mean?

The Northland Store offers Free Shipping all semester long.

Where can I return books I purchased?

Returns are accepted during a specific window each semester. Check the Northland Store, our website, or your receipt for dates. Please see the return policy for additional details.

Returns have to be shipped to the MN Textbook Center at the student’s cost.

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