Frequently Asked Questions


  • What hours is the Don Bookstore open?
  • When can I sell back my book?
  • When will books be sold on the website for the next semester?
  • Can I rent textbooks online?
  • When do rental books have to be returned, and what are the penalty fees?
  • Why can't I add the book to my cart? (Price not displayed or grayed out)
  • Why can't I find the ISBN on Amazon?
  • Can I purchase a digital book?
  • Why do you show prices from other online retailers?
  • Can I pick up the books in person?
  • When will my order be ready?
  • How will I know my order is ready for pickup?
  • Can I have the books shipped to me?
  • How will I know my order has been shipped?
  • Why am I being charged more than the total on my order confirmation?
  • What if I forget to pick up my books?
  • My class is at Santiago Canyon College.  Can I buy the book from the Don Bookstore?
  • Why Are My Books So Expensive?
  • Why can't I sell my book back to the Bookstore?
  • What if I want a refund?

  • What hours is the Don Bookstore open?

    Click here for bookstore hours, or call (714)564-6435.

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    When can I sell back my book?

    Wholesale buyback now runs most of the year. However, you will get the highest price for your books during finals week and the first 2 weeks of classes every semester.  Call (714) 564-6435 for current hours.

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    When will books be sold on the website for the next semester?

    Intersession textbooks will be available online December 1, and in the bookstore on December 8.  Spring textbooks will be available online January 12, and in the bookstore on January 20.

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    Can I rent textbooks online?

    Yes! If your textbook is available as a rental, a price for "new rental" or "used rental" will appear on the selection screen. Add the desired item to your cart. You must agree to the rental terms before you can complete your transaction.

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    When do rental books have to be returned, and what are the penalty fees?

    Intersession rentals must be returned by 5:00pm on February 2 to avoid penalty fees.  Spring rentals must be returned by June 8.  Books not returned by 5:00pm on the deadline date will be charged to the customer at full retail price.

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    Why can't I add the book to my cart? (Price not displayed or grayed out)

    If prices do not display or are grayed out, the book has not arrived from the publisher. Inventory is updated daily, so please check the website again later.

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    Why can't I find the ISBN on Amazon?

    The instructor may have ordered a special customized textbook which is not available from other retailers.

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    Can I purchase a digital book?

    Yes, many titles are available in digital format from our online affiliates.  You will see them listed along with other versions of the book, when available.

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    Why do you show prices from other online retailers?

    Our website now has a new feature - it's called comparison shopping.  After you create a course list you will see prices for your books from the SAC Don Bookstore as well as other online retailers.  If you purchase from another retailer, you will be directed to that retailer's website to complete your transaction.

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    Can I pick up the books in person?

    Yes - choose "In-Store Pickup" as your shipping method.  There is no charge for this service, and you can pick up the books without having to stand in line. After you receive your "Processing Completed" email from us, bring your order number and a photo ID to the bookstore.  Call (714) 564-6435 for current store hours.

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    When will my order be ready?

    You will know your order is ready for pickup after you receive your second email, showing "Processing Completed."  Bring your photo ID and web order confirmation number to the pickup window.  Most orders are processed in 24 business hours (Monday-Friday only).

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    How will I know my order is ready for pickup?

    You will receive a second email when your order is ready.  You can also log in to your account from our website to check your order status.  When the status says Complete or Shipped, your order is ready at the bookstore.

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    Can I have the books shipped to me?

    Yes - choose "FedEx Home Delivery" during the checkout process.  Shipping costs $11.50 for the first item, and $2.00 for each additional item.  Shipping takes about 3-7 business days.  We are not able to send Fedex tracking numbers, but you can log into your account on our website to check your order status.

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    How will I know my order has been shipped?

    You will receive an email from the Don Bookstore when we have processed your order.  You can also check your order status by logging in to your account from our website.

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    Why am I being charged more than the total on my order confirmation?

    The total charged to your credit card may be adjusted based on inventory quantities of new or used books at the time your order is processed.

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    What if I forget to pick up my books?

    If you do not pick up your web order by the semester's refund deadline, your books will be returned to the shelf, and you will be charged a restocking fee.

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    My class is at Santiago Canyon College.  Can I buy the book from the Don Bookstore?

    No.  Different campuses use different books, so make sure to purchase your books at the campus where your class is held.  Books for Santiago Canyon College classes can be purchased from their website at:   Hawk Bookstore Online

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    Why Are My Books So Expensive?

    The Don Bookstore sells new and used textbooks at a price designed to cover the costs of operating the bookstore and meeting all other required financial obligations. This price includes all expenses associated with bookstore operations and personnel. We are 100% nonprofit.

    Click on the link below for a graphic representation of what goes into the cost of your textbooks:

    Where New Textbook Dollars Go

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    Why can't I sell my book back to the Bookstore?

    If we cannot buy back your textbook, it is for one of the following reasons:

    • The instructor has requested a different book than was used last semester
    • The course has been dropped from the curriculum
    • We already have a full quota of books for the course
    • The publisher has advised us of a forthcoming new edition
    • The textbook has gone out of print
    • The textbook is in poor condition (water damage, etc.)
    • The course is offered only once a year or every other year
    • We have not received a request from faculty to provide the book
    • We cannot buy back tapes, computer software, or workbooks

    NOTE: As a courtesy to students, the Bookstore will provide for a used book wholesaler, Nebraska Book Co., to make you an offer on most of the books the Bookstore cannot buy. You will get the best price for your books during finals week, because our need is greatest at that time.

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    What if I want a refund?

    Don Bookstore Refund Policy
    All textbooks must be accompanied by a student ID and a web order invoice/packing slip from the Don Bookstore.  Refunds are given only at the campus where you bought your books.  A restocking fee may apply.  Please note:  Banks may take 14-30 days to post debit/credit card refunds to your account.

    Intersession textbook refunds end January 7.  Spring refunds end February 17.  Refunds are subject to a restocking fee.  All textbook sales after the refund deadline are considered final.  No refunds during any finals week.  Web orders must be picked up by the refund deadline.  Unclaimed web orders will be returned to stock and are subject to a processing fee.

    Packaged or shrink-wrapped textbooks will be refunded for the full amount if unopened.  There is a $3.00 fee to replace shrink-wrap.  Access codes are not refundable if opened.  Damaged or soiled books will be refunded at the used book price (75% of the new price). 

    New study guides, workbooks, and lab manuals must be in resalable and brand new condition; no markings, folds, creases, scratches, or water damage.

    Used books must be in resalable condition.

    Graduation merchandise purchased through the website must be returned for a refund within 2 weeks of the date you received it.

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