COVID-19 Notices and Information

Updated: 30 June 2020

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Bookstore will remain temporarily closed until further notice. 

Due to COVID-19, this is not a typical year for the Memorial University Bookstore, nor any of our incoming students. The store closed to the public on 17 March 2020. Ordering online through the website ( is available and will continue to be the preferred method for obtaining course materials and other items for the Fall semester.

A pick-up window for orders will be available on the first floor of the University Centre starting on Wednesday, 15 July. Please check our website for hours of operation and instructions on safety protocols.

The Bookstore will re-open at a significantly reduced capacity for in-person customers on Monday, 10 August. With only a small number of customers allowed in the store at one time in order to maintain physical distancing, we anticipate long lines and wait times. Ordering online and picking up your order, or having it shipped, will reduce the in-person wait times and risks involved. Please visit our website for all updates and important information as it becomes available. 

Please note, some services have changed or been suspended due to the pandemic. Our website will always have the most up-to-date information. For Campus Cards, the new procedures are available through:

We appreciate your patience and support as we’ve had to adapt to new ways to serve you efficiently. We look forward to welcoming you and working with you!


Fall Update
8 June 2020

All books (physical and digital) will be available for ordering through the Bookstore website. Other items such as kits, clothing, and school supplies will also be available.

Gown Rental

19 May 2020

Until public health restrictions are lifted and the Bookstore resumes face to face service, the gown rental program will be suspended.


Textbook Search

7 May 2020

When choosing campus in textbook search, if the course you are taking would usually be on campus but is being instructed remotely due to the pandemic (Remote Course), please choose “On Campus/Remote Learning” (course section numbers begin with the digit 0). If the course is usually offered online, even when campus is open choose “Online Courses” (course section numbers begin with the digit 8). See below for more detailed descriptions:

Online Courses
Online courses have been carefully designed to be delivered entirely over the internet using course sites in Brightspace. The course sites often include customized videos, interactive components and resources that help with learning the course content. Online courses are not self-paced; instructors post deadlines for work and expect students to keep up on reading and other activities required to successfully complete the course. Students may be asked to join the instructor and classmates online at specific points in the term. Students need to consider the technical requirements needed to fully participate in an online course.
Remote Courses
Remote courses are face-to-face courses that have been adapted to be delivered at a distance in times of disruption when students and instructors cannot meet on campus. The instructor may decide to use online tools, including Brightspace, to replace face-to-face instruction; course activities and materials may also be modified accordingly. Students may be asked to join the instructor and classmates online at specific points in the term as a replacement for face-to-face meetings and discussions.

Textbook Rental returns
2 April 2020

As the store is closed, in-store returns are not possible at this time. However, textbooks must still be returned by mail (at no charge) to TextBookRental. Please visit this page for full instructions on returning your text book(s).

Free ebooks from VitalSource
23 March 2020

Students will be able to access their class materials through VitalSource’s Bookshelf app at no cost

VitalSource® has joined leading publishers to help ensure students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will have free access to quality digital learning materials through the remainder of the Winter 2020 semester.

Beginning March 16 through April 30, 2020, access to an expansive catalog of eTexts will be available for free to students at semester-calendar institutions who have been impacted by recent campus closures. Students simply log in to the VitalSource Bookshelf app using their school email address and can then view course materials from participating publishers via VitalSource’s Explore capabilities within Bookshelf.

To view a list of publishers and resellers who are supporting this effort, visit

Students who need assistance accessing free eTexts can visit