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ECU Dowdy Student Stores offers students several convenient ways to purchase or rent their textbooks. Let us help you with all of your textbook and course material needs.


Students can come to the Dowdy Student Stores located in the Wright Building on East Carolina University's main campus to purchase their books directly. We carry a large inventory of USED and new books. We also offer rental books (see below).

For in-store transactions, we accept cash, check, credit card, and Bookstore Accounts (financial aid or other funds tied to your ECU 1 Card such as Bounty Bucks).

Rental textbooks are available both in-store and online.  

Students will find rental textbooks along side books for purchase on the shelves in Dowdy Student Stores in the Wright Building on ECU's main campus.

See below for online rentals.

Students can order textbooks online with the option to ship books or pick them up on campus. Please note that purchases and rentals are handled and shipped separately when ordering online

Please allow up to 3 business days processing for pick-up of in store purchases.

Online rental orders typically take 7-14 days unless expedited shipping is selected. After classes start it is recommended that book rentals be handled in-store.

When available, students can order digital books online via our online ordering web site, or in our store.

Distance Education Students can select their desired textbooks, pay online, and have their books delivered by ordering through Dowdy Student Stores online store.

Link to textbook ordering
Please note:
  • For all online orders, please allow up to 3 full business days for processing.
  • Purchased or rented USED books may or may not come with access codes.

textbook brochure

Download our Textbook Options brochure for information about all of the above, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Be part of the crew that supports Pirate students!  Buying through Dowdy Student Stores directly benefits scholarships and student programming!

Owned & operated by East Carolina University, our profits are returned to scholarships and campus programs. When you shop with Dowdy Students Stores, you are helping to support ECU students.