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Welcome to ECU Dowdy Student Stores... the Official Bookstore of East Carolina University!

We know when students are starting college the information can be overwhelming. As the only bookstores owned and operated by ECU, the staff of the Dowdy Student Stores are here to assist you in many ways. We hope you'll find the information on this web site helpful, but always feel free to call on us with any questions you may have. If we can't help you, we'll find someone who can!

The main location of Dowdy Student Stores is located in the Main Campus Student Center. Parking will be available in the parking garage adjacent to the building for a fee of $1/hr.  Our Wright Building store closed in December, 2018.

Information to Help You Get Started:

What we stock in our stores: 

  • Textbooks (Rental, Digital, New and Used) & Course Materials
  • Computers and Software at Educational Discounts
  • School and Art Supplies
  • Technology & Accessories
  • ECU Pirates logo imprinted Clothing and Merchandise .. GO PIRATES!

We also offer many services to help students save time, money, or both! Come by and see everything we have to offer at the Dowdy Student Stores. Some of top reasons to shop on campus as Dowdy include:

  • Bookstore Account, with option to defer financial aid funds to account, and "Bounty Bucks" Account on ECU 1 Card
  • Online ordering of books, including our COMPARE site that allows you to find your course materials in a variety of formats
  • Online ordering of computers, and some of our in-store sale items
  • Convenient early ordering for books to pick up during move-in weekend
  • Education pricing on computers which is typically lower than other stores, plus excellent warranty options
  • Free gift wrapping of purchases

We also run a Health Sciences Bookstore in the Brody Building on the Health Sciences campus, and operate souvenir concessions at athletic facilities.


We present sessions at your orientation related to course materials and technology. Please be sure to attend these as the provide important information.  Visit our stores any time, but especially during Open House and Orientation days. We'll have extra staff on duty to talk with you about your course materials, the computer configuration recommendations, and requirements for certain majors; and much more.  We can't wait to see you!

RENTING Your Textbooks at ECU

You can RENT your books through Dowdy Student Stores for many of your courses. Using our online ordering COMPARE site, when you select your course and section number, you'll see the options and pricing for each book: rental, new, used and digital.

A valid credit card is required for renting textbooks. Refund / return dates are specified and should be carefully noted.

Online Textbook Ordering

One of the benefits of ordering textbooks online is that you can have your books boxed and ready for pick-up during fall semester move-in weekend. This option is available for the spring term as well. This is done through our convenient Online Ordering System. This offers both convenience and time savings.


  1. Log into the Online Ordering Web site where you can click "Order Online" or "Compare." If you wish to order rentals or digital e-books, visit the Compare link.   Make your selections under "Choose Your Courses."  Look up each course by department, course number, and section/instructor.
  2. The textbook(s) will be displayed for the course.
  3. Decide if you would like USED, NEW, or RENTAL textbooks.  Some courses have the option for DIGITAL books as well. Consider the advantages to ordering from Dowdy Student Stores, your on-campus bookstore where returns are most convenient and you're ensured of getting the correct title & edition.
  4. Click the quantity to order and place them in an online shopping cart.
  5. When you are finished shopping, hit "Checkout" and complete the buying process for purchases and/or rentals with each vendor.

By ordering books early, you have a greater advantage in securing less-costly USED textbooks since the supply is greater at that time.

Online ordering is extremely helpful for Distance Education students. Students can have their books shipped to a home address. Campus students can have books shipped out, or shipped to store when buying from Dowdy.

To order your textbooks online, visit the Dowdy Student Store Online Textbook Ordering site.

Tech Deck Technology Shop
Dell, Lenovo ThinkPad & Apple Computers

Choosing a computer is an important and expensive decision! ECU recommends that all students have access to a computer, and certain university majors have requirements that students have a laptop meeting certain minimum specifications. Let us help you through this decision-making process by explaining what a typical student needs in a computer and how the technical support and warranty play such a critical role in your decision. [view details online here]

The Tech Deck is an Apple Authorized Campus Store, carrying a wide variety of Mac Books and iPads as well as offering special order models. In addition to Apple, Dell, and Lenovo, Dowdy Student Store has agreements with other manufacturers such as HP, that offer academic discounts to college students. Visit our web site for links to these ECU specific web sites to find pricing information.

Payment Options

Dowdy offers several convenient payment options.

  • Cash
  • Personal Check - with photo ID
  • Credit Card - with photo ID - Visa/MasterCard
  • Bookstore Account - linked to ECU 1 Card
  • Bounty Bucks


Book Buyback

Cash Back for Your Textbooks

The BOOK BUYBACK program at the ECU Dowdy Student Store is one of the best in the country allowing students to sell back their books at the end of the semester for CASH! Not all textbooks are suitable for this program, such as those bundled packages that include a textbook, workbook, CD, and/or an Internet access code. However, the bookstore has met with faculty and identified certain textbooks that will be used again in the next term. The best reason to sell books back ON CAMPUS is that MORE USED BOOKS STAY ON CAMPUS rather than being taken off campus and sold to other wholesalers across the country! [view details online here]

Store Hours

The Main Campus Student Center Store is open Monday through Saturday, and the Health Sciences store is open Monday through Friday. Hours vary depending on the time of year, and are posted on our Store Hours page.

Scholarship Contributions

You can feel good about shopping at Dowdy Student Stores.  Because our stores are owned and managed by ECU, our profits are returned right back to campus through scholarship contributions and student programs.  We are proud to be be able to support our students, and hope that you too, will take pride in this role.


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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.