UVA Bookstores


The UVA Bookstores are nonprofits owned and operated by the University. All net proceeds are returned to the University in direct support of AccessUVA and student programming. The Bookstores consist of the main store, located at 400 Emmet Street South atop the Central Grounds parking garage, and four other retail outlets across Grounds. The main Bookstore is open seven days a week. It was recently expanded to provide students with more convenient shopping offerings.

Goods and services include:

  • Textbooks: Working directly with faculty and carrying virtually all undergraduate course books and materials, the UVA Bookstore is the only full-service textbook department in Charlottesville. In order to combat the high price of textbooks, it offers an extensive selection of used books, textbook rentals on more than 1,000 titles, and e-books when available from publishers. Books also can be ordered online at for pickup at the beginning of each semester.
  • General Books: This department offers a wide variety of popular interest, reference, and computer books; magazines and journals; as well as a broad selection of scholarly books and study guides that support the University’s academic mission.
  • General Merchandise: Students can find just about every school, office, art, and computer supply they will need for their studies. At the main Bookstore and at T.J.’s Locker, patrons can find a wide selection of UVA gifts and clothing, everyday gifts, sporting goods, health and beauty aids, and dorm accessories.
  • Special Services: The main Bookstore offers a variety of special services, including UPS shipping, dry cleaning, custom engraving and imprinting, a notary public service, purchase of USPS stamps, and the sale of Home Ride of Virginia bus tickets to northern Virginia, Richmond, and the Tidewater area. Students also can make deposits to their Cavalier Advantage accounts.

Einstein Bros. Bagels features a full-service coffee bar, bagels, sandwiches, and snacks for sale.

A Printing and Copying Center, custom embroidery, and a full-service pharmacy are located in the rear of the main store. Students can drop off and pick up prescriptions or consult with a licensed pharmacist.

The Bookstore accepts cash, personal check, or major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover) and offers online shopping through its website. In addition, students can charge purchases by showing their student ID and specifying Cavalier Advantage or Student Charge. Available to all full-time students once they have registered, Student Charge is issued with a credit limit of $1,000. Student Charge purchases from the Bookstore are billed on a monthly basis, along with other charges accrued at the University. The bill is sent to the student through QuikPay@UVA.

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