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Professors: Requesting Textbooks has now been made easier. The following options are available:

  • Complete the online textbook requisition form and return it electronically to the Bookstore. Simply log on to the textbook requisition page and complete the form.
  • Send your textbook requisition by email to the texts [dot] bookstore [at] mcgill [dot] ca (textbook department)
  • Complete the paper requisition form and bring or fax it to the Bookstore
  • Come to the Bookstore and give the textbook department staff your textbook requirements.

Students: If you have any questions or comments for the textbook department, please call 514-398-8354.

Textbook inventory


This begins when a requisition is submitted by the professor of a course. Order quantities based on the expected enrollment for the course. To help reduce the total cost of textbooks to students, we try attempt to obtain used books from many different sources. Click on “Cash for Books” for more information.

To ensure that the books are on the shelf for the first day of classes, textbook orders need to be submitted in a timely fashion. Requisitions for textbooks need to be submitted by July 2nd for the fall semester, by October 1st for the winter semester, and by March 15 for summer courses.

Professors using books published overseas or foreign language books should order even earlier, as delays are often encountered.

Returns to publishers

Towards the end of each semester, the Bookstore returns unsold books to publishers. We do this to free up space for the following semester, and to ensure that we are left with as few unsellable books as possible. The returns process usually starts 4-6 weeks after the start of classes (mid October or late February) and takes about 4 weeks to complete.


Patrick McGovern, Course Materials Manager
Email: patrick [dot] mcgovern [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Patrick McGovern)
Tel.: 514-398-7240

Grant Zubis, Textbook Manager
Email: grant [dot] zubis [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Grant Zubis)
Tel.: 514-398-2217

The Textbook Department general telephone number is: