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Before Placing an Order

Ordering Information


Prices and availability of materials are subject to change
Prices and availability of materials are subject to change at any time, and this change might affect the total amount of your order.

We reserve the right to make substitutions if materials are not available in the requested condition

Every effort is made to fill orders as requested, but if a used book is not available, a new book will automatically be substituted, and vice versa. The total dollar amount of the order will change if substitutions are made.


If the price difference is under $20, we will substitute the book and notify you by email of the price change. If the price difference is over $20, we will call or email about the substitution and your order will be placed on hold until we have directly communicated with you.

New access codes or eBooks do not come with any used textbooks
Only new textbooks will include unused access codes. Access codes will have to be purchased separately if the order contains a used book. Used materials can be exchanged for new material within the return policy deadline. We will not replace or refund any used, lost, or damaged Access Codes. Please be aware that access codes come on a physical scratch off card and may be included with shrink-wrapped textbooks.

Materials listed as New Only do not have any used options available
If you see a used rental price displayed for material that is New Only, it is an error. Please contact us for clarification.

Materials listed as Rent Only are not available for purchase
This material must be returned. If the material is damaged or not returned by the rental due date, a fee and registration hold will be placed on your account

Materials listed as TBD or for $0.00 are not free

This typically means the item is not in stock or a price has not been determined. The item will not ship with the order and will ship separately once the item has been received or priced.


However, TBD will also appear for Digital Access course materials. This is to inform students that this specific DA material cannot be purchased through the Textbook Depot website and will be made available through D2L.


And in other cases, items that are “Normandale Rental Only” are priced at $0.00 because there is no option to purchase it outright. Only the rental prices for these items will be available.

Recommended Codes of Materials

Code Definition
Required Text The material is required
Choose 1 ONLY You have the option to choose which format you prefer. Please only add one item to the cart  
Optional Text The textbook is not required but is a supplementary resource
Optional eBook The textbook is not required but is a supplementary resource 
Digital Access Online material available through D2L the first day of class. The fee is included when you register for courses
Digital Access Optional A print version of the Digital Access online material. This material is not available until after the add/drop date of the class and is not available for all Digital Access courses

Types of Textbooks

Textbook Type Definition
Textbook A print version of the textbook, which may include an access code
eBook An online version of the textbook, which comes on a physical scratch off card or there is a link available to purchase through Redshelf or the publisher
Loose-leaf A loose-leaf version of the textbook, which may include an access code
Rental A rental only option of the textbook, which may not be purchased and must be returned by the rental due date
Package Includes multiple items for the course
Access Code An online access code for course material. This will not be bundled with or come with a physical textbook or online textbook
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