Textbooks and Software – How to Buy Books Online

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Learn How to Buy Books Online and More!

Liberty University’s Online Program(s) has partnered with MBS Direct to provide you with the textbooks and other course materials you will need to be successful in your online classes. There are several benefits to buying books online and other course materials through MBS Direct!

  • You are guaranteed to be provided the correct edition of the textbook. If a mistake is made, Liberty University will work with MBS Direct to resolve the issue. All you have to do is notify us of the mistake, and we will take care of the rest!
  • MBS Direct accepts Liberty University Online Book Vouchers, where other vendors do not. This allows you to use excess financial aid funds to buy books online and purchase other course materials, which saves you time and money!
  • MBS Direct offers a textbook buy-back program for your used books from our online courses!

You may purchase new, used, and even digital copies (if available) of your textbooks through MBS Direct. You can also buy, sell, and rent your books. MBS Direct is a one-stop shop for all of your textbook purchasing needs.

You can conveniently buy your books online, by visiting the MBS Direct website. For their customer service, you may call (800) 325-3252 or (573) 441-9179. MBS Direct closes on certain holidays, which are updated on their webpage.

Should you choose to buy books or course materials through another vendor, please note that it will be your responsibility to ensure the correct materials are purchased for your required courses. To ensure you are buying the right textbooks and materials for your online courses, you will need to make sure you have the correct ISBN and edition when searching for books.

Before Buying Your Books, Check Out our Purchasing Tips!

  • Have you or your spouse served in the U.S. Armed Forces? As a ‘thank you’ for your service to our country, undergraduate students who have served in the armed forces, their spouses, and current Department of Defense employees are eligible for up to $400 in online Book Vouchers each semester. If you have not already informed our Office of Military Affairs that you meet this status, please contact them today by calling (855) 355-4947 or email lumilitary@liberty.edu.
  • Make sure you know which online courses you are taking this semester! You will need to know the class number when the class starts, and the duration of the class for each online course you are signed up for.
    •  You may review your schedule in ASIST by clicking the Student tab, select Registration, select the term you are purchasing textbooks for, and then select Student Detail Schedule. You may also speak with one of our Academic Advisors for assistance.
  • You will also need to know how you plan to pay for your books and online course materials. You may use a credit card or an online Book Voucher to purchase materials for classes.
    • If you plan to use an online Book Voucher, you will need your Student ID to purchase materials.
  • A Book Voucher can be set up in the Financial Check-In process. A Book Voucher allows you to use excess financial aid funds to buy books and other course materials.
  • Order your books early! We recommend purchasing textbooks and course materials at least ten days before your online courses start.

Do You Need Microsoft Office?

Liberty University’s IT Department is giving you Microsoft Office 365, for FREE! Office 365 is a cloud-based productivity tool that integrates all of the features you would need to be a successful online student. Included in this free subscription is the Microsoft Office Suite, which includes Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, 50 GB of email, and unlimited storage space on the OneDrive!

Ready to download Microsoft Office 365? Visit our IT HelpDesk to get started!

Additionally, if you would prefer to purchase your own Microsoft software, we can offer this software at a meager rate through our Microsoft Campus License Agreement. Visit the IT MarketPlace to purchase Microsoft Office and other hardware and software.

Show Off your School Spirit!

Do you want to show off your Liberty Flames Pride? Purchase Liberty University clothing, apparel, and more online through Liberty University’s on-campus bookstore! You can order online or call the bookstore at (434) 582-2316.

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. ET

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. ET

Sunday: Noon – 7:00 p.m. ET

*Hours subject to change, especially during school breaks.

You Have Heard of eBay, but Have You Heard of LUBay?

LUBay allows you to connect with other students to buy and sell used course materials. To access LUBay, go to www.liberty.edu/onlinestudentcenter and click on the LUBay logo located in the center of the page. Please note, you may need to create a Liberty University Online Student Center profile to proceed.

Please be aware that the use of this service is voluntary. You will be responsible for all transactions that take place.