Feds Used Books

Here you will find the lowest prices on thousands of textbooks! Once you’re done with your textbooks, Feds Used Books will sell them for you. We turn your textbooks into cash! Search the inventory online, or drop by Feds Used Books. Click here to learn how Feds Used Books store works.

Find us in the lower level of the Student Life Centre.





Buying books

There are thousands of books for all kinds of courses and you'll always save at least 20 per cent off the cost of new textbooks. There is also a sale section with thousands of old edition textbooks (currently not in use) or textbooks no longer in use at uWaterloo for less than $25! Feds Used Books has a no refund policy. Payment methods include Debit, Visa, Mastercard, Feds Card and cash.

You can check out what books we have in stock in real time! Search our database by ISBN, author's last name, or title.

Selling books on Consignment

We charge a 15 per cent consignment fee for selling the book. We only consign books that are currently in use at UWaterloo. We consign books for an 18 month period. Consignment means that you do not get your money until after your book is sold. After 15 months, you have 3 months to pick up any unsold books in your account (in person, or you can fill out a Book/Cheque Pick Up Form (to download, right click and select "Save target as...") for a friend to do it). After the eighteen month consignment period your books will expire and become the property of Feds Used Books. You can check the status of your book online by logging into your account here at any time.

Selling books on Export

Sometimes, Feds Used Books will buy your current edition textbooks even if they are no longer in use at Waterloo.  We deal with companies in the US that supply textbooks to colleges and universities. If your book is listed in their catalogues we will pay you and export it.

Books that are not acceptable for consignment or export are worth up to $15, at the discretion of the manager.

Download our Export Mobile App on your Smartphone!

Fed Used Books offers a mobile app on iTunes or Google Play!

Students can download the app by visiting iTunes or Google Play app stores on their smartphone or the Feds Used Books website, and then use their phone to scan the barcode numbers found on textbooks. The app will then display the export price for the book.

If the book is no longer in use at the University of Waterloo, the app will show if it’s possible to export it and display a price. The export price is what the store will pay a student if we’re able to sell their book to a company in the United States. Feds Used Books works with companies in the US that supply textbooks to colleges and universities.

The export option is also beneficial to students because all payments to them from the store will be made in cash up-front.

If no price is displayed when students use the app to scan their textbook, there are other ways for them to sell it. Feds Used Books offers consignment for books still needed at the University of Waterloo. With consignment, the book is put in the store for sale at a maximum of 80% of the New Bookstore price, with Feds Used Books deducting a 15 per cent consignment fee when the book sells. Through this method, students can receive even more money when it is sold.

Buying Books Online via Amazon

Feds Used Books is officially on Amazon. You can order selected sale books online and the store will ship them to you. 

Cheque Payout Policy

You can request a cheque at any time through your account. Cheques for books sold are printed monthly by request only. All cheques expire six months from date of printing (Canada Bank policy).

You need to request your cheque before the cheque run cut-off date and time in order to get it printed. If you miss the cut-off time/date your request will be included in the next month’s payments.

There is a limit of one free reprint within the first 12 months. During the first six months if your cheque is lost, stolen or misplaced there is no charge for a stop payment. Cheques that are between six and twelve months old can be reprinted if we have the original cheque. Stale dated cheques that are between six and twelve months can be reissued if we have the original cheque. There is a fee of $35 for additional reprints. All cheques over twelve months old cannot be reprinted.

There are three ways for you to get your cheque after it has been printed.

1.    You can come into the store and get it in person. Don't forget to bring photo ID.

2.    Have someone else pick up your cheque. In order to do that, you will need to fill out the Book/Cheque Pick Up Form (to download, right click and select "Save target as..."), sign it, and have the form brought in to the store by the person picking up your cheque. Photo ID must be presented by the person picking up your cheque.

3.    Mail in a self-addressed and stamped envelope (or $1), together with a completed and signed Cheque Mail Out Form (to download, right click and select "Save target as...").

Notice: Cheques will be ready for pick up on Tuesday.

Hours of Operation 

Feds Used Books Regular Hours

Monday: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5pm
Thursday: 9am - 5pm
Friday: 9am - 5pm

Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Bonus Hours/ Special Closings

Closed:  Fri. Apr. 14, 2017 (Good Friday)
Bonus Hours: Sat. Apr. 29, 2017: 12-5pm & Sun. Apr. 30, 2017: 12-5pm


We are conveniently located right on campus, in the lower atrium of the Student Life Centre.

Feds Used Books
Student Life Centre
200 University Ave West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1


For more information, you can call the store during business hours:

519-888-4567 ext. 32390

If you wish to speak to the manager, contact:

Afshin Jamal Hirani
519-888-4567 ext. 35898