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NOVA's six campus bookstores carry everything you need including textbooks, school supplies, snacks, beverages, clothing and more. You can also conveniently purchase books online.

The NOVA Community College campus bookstores are open!
Visit the NOVA online bookstore to purchase textbooks, apparel, gifts and more.

The bookstore has implemented safety procedures and processes recommended by CDC, Virginia Department of Health, and the College Return to NOVA Advisory Group. On-line ordering with delivery or in-store pickup is encouraged but not required.

Online Textbook Orders

Ordering textbooks and other materials is easy. Be sure to make a hard copy (printout) of your course material from your course Syllabus and take it with you when you go to the bookstore so you know for sure what you need to order.

Textbooks are available for all NOVA courses through the NOVA Bookstore website. American Express, VISA, Mastercard and Discover are accepted forms of payment. Allow 1 - 2 business days for processing. See steps below.

Steps to Order Online:

  1. Click on the Textbook link.
  2. Choose your Campus (Nova Online use Alexandria Campus)
  3. Select Term (e.g. Spring 2021).
  4. Select Department (e.g. ENG, HIS, ADJ).
  5. Select Course Number (e.g. 101, 102, 201).
  6. Select Section Number.
  7. Click on Add Course, then View Textbook List.
  8. Follow the rest of the directions to purchase your books and materials.

Pickup and Delivery Options

Store pickup option is limited to the specific campus the course is registered at. Please check your section number carefully. All Nova Online (formerly “ELI”) are only through the Alexandria Campus only.

Textbooks ordered online can be delivered to your address or picked up on the campus through which the course is offered and is designated by your course section number (includes on-campus, hybrid, or virtual). The campus is designated by the last letter in the section number of your registered course. Any Nova Online textbook orders (formerly “ELI” designated sections beginning with letter “E”) must be picked up at the Alexandria Campus bookstore.

Note: Required textbooks vary by campus, so students need to purchase books at the campus where they are attending the class. NOVA Online students should purchase their books online or from the Alexandria Campus bookstore.

Campus Bookstore Hours

Fall 2023 Hours:

Mondays – 8:30 a.m. until 6* p.m. (*MEC closes at 5 p.m.)
Tuesday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Closed Friday – Sunday

Campus Bookstore Locations

Alexandria Campus Bookstore

(Fine Arts Building)
3301 Netherton Drive
Alexandria, VA 22311

Telephone: 703.671.0043
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Annandale Campus Bookstore

8333 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003

Telephone: 703.425.2558
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Loudoun Campus/Reston Center Bookstore

21200 Campus Drive
Sterling, VA 20164

Telephone: 571.401.2520
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Manassas Campus Bookstore

10950 Campus Drive
Manassas, VA 20109

Telephone: 703.368.8554
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Medical Education Campus Bookstore

6699 Springfield Center Drive
Springfield, VA 22150

Telephone: 703.922.2841
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Woodbridge Campus Bookstore

2645 College Drive
Woodbridge, VA 22191

Telephone: 703.670.0050
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NOVA Online Bookstore

(Fine Arts Building)
3301 Netherton Drive
Alexandria, VA 22311

Telephone: 703.671.0043
Store Hours-24/7 & Contact Us

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Ordering your NOVA Online books and other course materials for NOVA distance courses is easy. Just go to the NOVA Bookstore. Choose Textbooks and in the Select a Campus drop-down menu, select Alexandria Campus and NOVA Online.

Note: NOVA Online course sections begin with an "E". You may order textbooks and other course materials by any of the following methods:

  • Online (preferred) (Note: Students can now use their Financial Aid to purchase their books online.)
  • In Person

A complete list of course materials appear in your course syllabus. If you are unable to locate it, contact your professor directly.

You have one week from your NOVA Course Start Date to return your textbooks and course materials for a full refund. All items must be in original condition. Proof of purchase and start date are required.

You can return your books to any of the NOVA campus bookstores or ship the book(s) to the bookstore address listed on your receipt.

Books mailed to the bookstore must be postmarked within 1 week of the course start date. Please include a copy of your receipt and class schedule showing start date with the package. Include your contact information for questions.

Rental textbooks must be returned to the original campus (the campus where it was rented).

NOVA Online Course Guides: Most Course Guides for NOVA Online courses are available at no charge on the Distance Learning website at Video broadcasts: If you are taking a telecourse or a course using video, you may access the video programs in several ways. Course videos are broadcast over local PBS stations. See the NOVA Online Telecourse Broadcast Schedule for more information. A second, more convenient option is to view the videos on demand from your home or office computer or at any NOVA campus computer center.

Software: Sometimes, software is required for distance courses. Many can be downloaded free of charge. Make sure you notice the location on your hard drive where you download the program. After downloading, locate it and double-click to install it by following the online instructions.

Some publishers are making textbooks available in an electronic format. This is made available to be delivered via email or a printed access card depending on the publisher. The bookstore does not control the terms of the electronic format or the length of access. Electronic format textbooks that have not been accessed or exposed follow the same return policy as printed materials.

You can purchase access to these electronic versions through the NOVA Bookstore website. If you are considering purchasing an electronic version of a textbook rather than a hardback textbook, be aware of the following information:

  • If your course allows open-book exams, you will not be able to use your electronic text, printouts of the electronic text or copies of the pages of a hardback textbook during the exam. If you will want to use your book on these open-book exams, you should opt to buy a physical book rather than an eBook.
  • Unlike a hardback textbook, eBooks cannot be returned.
  • Access to an eBook may expire after a period of time. If you need the text for a second semester or get an extension to complete the course, you need to make sure you have enough time to complete the course(s).
  • Some publishers block printing from electronic textbooks.
  • Some publishers block the use of screen readers when accessing the electronic textbooks.

To determine what restrictions the publisher has placed on the eBook you are considering purchasing, after you have searched for the book in the Digital Textbooks site, click the book title and then click eContent Details on the NOVA Bookstore website.