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Textbooks are not included in the cost of tuition. However, you may purchase textbooks through the official bookstore for Liberty University Online, MBS Direct. The advantages for using MBS Direct are:
Guaranteed to provide the correct edition of the textbook
Accepts Liberty University book vouchers
Sells books new and used
Buys books back from the student
If a mistake is made, LU can work with MBS to solve the issue. This is not possible with other vendors
You also have the option of purchasing textbooks through other vendors such as Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Chegg, and others. To ensure you are purchasing the correct textbook(s) when using another vendor besides MBS Direct, make sure you have the ISBN number and correct edition when searching for textbooks. Again, it is important to note that Liberty University book vouchers may only be used through MBS Direct. It is recommended that you purchase your course materials at least ten days before the start of your course(s) to ensure a timely delivery.
Book purchases may be made online through MBS Direct. Before you visit the website, make sure that you know the course number for each class that you are taking, when each course starts, and whether each class is in an 8- or 16- week course format. If you plan to use a Book Voucher, you will need your Student ID and Book Voucher ID as well.
Customer Service hours of operation for MBS Direct are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. MBS Direct is closed on certain holidays which are updated on their webpage.
MBS Direct representatives are available to assist with ordering your books, an order you have already placed, selling your books back to MBS Direct, technical assistance with digital purchases (such as ebooks), and much more.
Book purchases may be made by calling (800) 325-3252 or (573) 441-9179 for international customers. Before you call, make sure that you know the course number for each class that you are taking, when each course starts, and whether each class is in an 8- or 16- week course format. If you plan to use a Book Voucher, you will need your Student ID and Book Voucher ID as well.
LUbay, offered through Liberty's Online Student Center, is an online tool that provides you with the opportunity to get connected with other students to buy and sell used course materials including books, videos, and work texts. To access LUbay, go to www.liberty.edu/onlinestudentcenter and click on the LUbay logo located in the center of the page.
Please be aware that the use of this service is completely voluntary. You will be responsible for any and all transactions that take place. As a student, you are also responsible to verify that the materials that you purchase on the site are the materials you need for the course(s) that you take.
If you are a Liberty University Online student, you should always consult MBS Direct's website or by phone at (800) 325-3252, and if you are a resident student, you should always consult the Liberty Bookstore (contact information is listed below) before making a purchase. Finally, please remember that you are also responsible for course materials that you purchase if you buy them before you register.
Students may purchase Microsoft software at an extremely low rate through our Microsoft Campus License Agreement. The bookstore also offers other software at discounted rates for students.
Students taking intensives on Main Campus may purchase books at Liberty's official bookstore.
Purchase your Liberty clothing and items online through Liberty's official bookstore and have it shipped to you at home.
For further information, please contact an Academic Advisor at (800) 424-9595.