CMU Students

CommonWord is your on-campus bookstore and second library




Textbooks for Winter 2023 listed online




Please consult our online list for CommonWord pricing and availability - and come into your campus bookstore to find, pick up and pay for the items you need.  CommonWord's prices are very competitive - and we offer the best customer service (and convenience)!

We will also be stocked with other school stationery supplies, transit tickets/Peggo cards, and CMU branded items.

If you need your textbooks shipped, please contact us.



Final Textbook Return Date

Tuesday, January 24, 2023




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.



Textbook FAQs


How do I find the textbooks I need?  

On the Winter 2023 textbook page:

  • Filter the textbook list by course. 
  • Or, use the "search within" bar by typing course number or name, author last name, or book title.

From the main search bar:

  • Type the first letters of the course number and pick the correct auto-completing course


There are multiple versions of the same textbook available to me.  How do I decide?

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

  • Instant Access (e-texts, Kindle, etc.).  A "rented" digital text, often available for the length of a semester.  Although we may 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.  There are no refund options here.
  • Access Card.  A physical code to your digital text.  These are available from CommonWord for select texts.  Once the access card is opened, it is no longer refundable.
  • Hardcover/Paperback with Access Card.  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.
  • Hardcover/Paperback (or unidentified).  The traditional textbook.  Available from CommonWord for select texts.  Fully refundable as per the criteria below.
  • Other items (calculators, audio books, CDs, DVDs, or digital products) are available from CommonWord for select courses.  Once opened, they are no longer refundable.


Can I purchase used textbooks?  

We have a limited number of used textbooks, and will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis.


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) are in new condition and complete (including all components - CDs, DVDs, unopened access codes, study guides).
  • Books that were shrink-wrapped need to be returned with the shrink-wrap intact.
  • Refund method will match the original purchase method (e.g. credit card)
  • Textbooks purchased as used are final sale and not returnable.
  • Please note that calculators, and opened audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, or digital products may not be returned.



We also carry:

  • many stationery products and school supplies
  • personal hygiene items and household products
  • post-secondary Winnipeg Transit Peggo cards
  • CMU branded merchandise
  • Fair-trade coffee and a variety of frozen foods (pizza, perogies and sausage) and snacks


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