CMU Students

The 2024 Winter Semester Textbook List is now public.  CommonWord will be glad to assist you!


Find what you need to start the semester at CommonWord, your campus bookstore.

Competitive prices, convenience - and the best customer service!


Final Textbook Return Date

Winter Semester

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

We cannot accept textbook returns after this date.


Textbook FAQs


How do I find the textbooks I need?  

On the textbook list:

The list is organized alphabetically by course number (e.g., BIOL-1020).  Scroll down to find your course.  

Or, use the program or app's search function (e.g., on a computer often Ctrl+F/Cmd+F) to find your course name, number, textbook title, etc.


Why does my textbook not have a price?

Texts without prices are not presently in stock.  Please check back; we will be updating the list frequently.

Or, it's an e-text that must be purchased off-site.  A link is provided. 


Why is no textbook listed for my course?

Where no textbook is listed, the instructor has not provided any information.  Instructions will be provided in class.


Are there used textbooks to purchase?

We have a limited number of used textbooks, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  This is noted on the last column.


There are multiple formats of the same textbook.  How do I decide?

Please choose your texts carefully according to the format you prefer.  There are both price and customer service differences between the options: 

  • Hardcover/Paperback (or unidentified).  The traditional hard copy textbook.  Available from CommonWord for most texts.  Fully refundable as per the criteria below.
  • Hardcover/Paperback with Digital Content.  A physical copy with additional digital materials, typically shrink-wrapped.  These are available from CommonWord for select texts.  Once the shrink-wrap is broken, it is no longer refundable.
  • Loose-Leaf (Text only).  A physical copy without additional digital materials that require a separate binder.  These are available from CommonWord for select texts.  Once the shrink-wrap is broken, it is no longer refundable.
  • Used Items.  We have a limited number of used textbooks. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis. They are NOT refundable.
  • Digital Access Code.  A physical code to your digital text.  These are available from CommonWord for select texts.  The access code is NOT refundable.
  • E-texts (may include additional digital content).  An off-site digital text (purchased or rented).  Although we link to off-site digital options, the student takes full responsibility for the purchase and submits direct payment to the 3rd party.  CommonWord cannot offer any customer service or any refund.    
  • Other items (calculators, audio books, CDs, DVDs) are available from CommonWord for select courses.  Once opened, they are no longer refundable.


What payment options do I have?

We accept cash, cheque, debit or credit card payments in-store.  


I have additional questions.  Who should I contact?

If you have questions about textbook requirements or versions, please contact  Other general questions can be directed to


Textbook Returns


Returns can be made prior to the semester's final return date (if that is within 2 weeks of your purchase) and meet these criteria:

  • You have the original receipt.
  • The item(s) were purchased new from CommonWord.  Used textbooks are final sale and not returnable.
  • The item(s) are in new condition and complete with all components.
  • Books that were shrink-wrapped need to be returned unopened with the shrink-wrap intact.  
  • Access codes are not returnable.
  • Refund method will match the original purchase method (e.g. credit card)


Used Textbooks


May I sell my used textbooks at CommonWord?

Yes, we accept students' used textbooks that match this criteria:

  • The text (and edition) is being used for the upcoming semester
  • The text was previously purchased new (i.e., we don’t resell used textbooks)
  • The text is in good shape (i.e., pages are intact)

We sell used textbooks on consignment and will offer up to 50% of its value to the student after it’s been sold.  Value is determined by its condition and its component parts (i.e., a used access code has no value, though its print version still does).

The textbook list goes public early Jan (Winter) and early Sept (Fall).  We accept used books 2 weeks in advance of these dates.  Please contact us to verify whether your textbook(s) is assigned for the coming semester.



In addition to textbooks, we also carry:

  • many stationery products and school supplies
  • personal hygiene items and household products
  • post-secondary Winnipeg Transit Peggo cards


Your Second Library

Our unique lending library is free to use. With less than 15% content overlap with the CMU Library, you might just find that “something extra” for your fellowship group study, essay, or chapel presentation. Search this catalogue for materials or come visit us.


Hours at CommonWord

Regular Hours 

Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Holiday Hours



In Marpeck Commons on the north campus