Book buy-back moves online for students

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Traditional end-of-semester book buyback programs have been interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but Grand Valley students will still be able to sell back used textbooks through an online program implemented by the Laker Store. 

Students will be able to look up books they want to sell via ISBN and ship them to the buyback vendor for free. Checks or PayPal payments will follow in about three weeks. 

Allendale Laker Store manager Tony Glaab said the store was able to make arrangements with the vendor after the normal finals week buyback was made impossible. 

"We know book buyback is important to students and wanted to provide an easy-to-use option," Glaab said. 

He also said the Laker Store has partnered with other vendors to provide caps, gowns, class rings and diploma frames through the Laker Store website for graduating students, and said all orders of alumni apparel placed through the online store through the end of April will be 20 percent off. 

For more information or to place an order, visit