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Textbooks for Students


For CC+ students attending the Chillicothe, Eastern, Lancaster, or Southern campus

The Bobcat Depot Bookstores discontinued operations during the fall 2017 semester on the Chillicothe, Eastern, Lancaster, and Southern campuses. Students who attend these campuses will no longer receive a textbook authorization form from Ohio University and must work directly with their school district to obtain required textbooks and course materials.

MBS Direct, an online wholesale textbook retailer, has created a method for school districts to order textbooks directly via e-mail. MBS Direct’s textbook inventory is based on weekly enrollment reports provided by Ohio University. School districts that wish to purchase books through MBS will receive free shipping (on books and required materials only) and can work directly with them to ensure tax-exempt status is applied.

For instructions on how to place a textbook order with MBS Direct, see Bookstore-Specific Information below.


For CC+ students attending the Chillicothe, Eastern, Lancaster, or Southern campus:

Students who attend the Eastern, Chillicothe, Lancaster or Southern campuses must work directly with their school district to obtain required textbooks and course materials.

For CC+ students attending the Athens or Zanesville Campus:

New Students

New, first-term CC+ students who attend the Athens or Zanesville campus will receive textbook authorization forms at the required orientation sessions prior to the start of each semester. Student services staff will populate the authorization forms with each student’s name, PID, and school district information. The school district information is derived from the ODE Public District Treasurer Information.

Continuing Students

Continuing students that attend the Athens or Zanesville campus will be mailed their textbook authorization forms approximately four weeks prior to the start of each semester. In the case that a continuing student does not receive an authorization form, please have them contact a regional campus student services office or University College on the Athens campus.

Next Steps

The Registrar’s Office will send daily enrollment reports by campus and class section to each bookstore to ensure proper inventories are prepared.

After receipt of the authorization form, students should follow the pickup instructions for the appropriate bookstore below:

Athens Campus
The College Bookstore
50 S. Court St. Athens, OH 45710

Students should pre-order their Athens Campus books at The College Bookstore by e-mailing their schedules to Cathi Schwalbauch. Pre-orders should be placed as soon as possible to allow the bookstore to order any books not currently in stock. No-contact book pickup is available at the Court Street store from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays until May 12 or the date the store reopens to the public. Students should take the exterior center stairwell on the Court Street side of the building up one flight and note the sign on the door on the right side of the lobby. The no-contact pickup process requires that students present their textbook authorization form and photo ID to the bookstore manager while practicing social distancing. (To make alternate arrangements, students should contact College Book Store.)

Zanesville Campus
The Campus Bookstore
1555 Neward Rd. Zanesville, OH 43701

Students should pre-order their Zanesville Campus books at the Campus Bookstore by sending their textbook authorization forms and schedules to Bookstore@zanestate.edu from their OHIO e-mail accounts. They will receive an e-mail confirmation when their orders are ready. Orders are filled and can be picked up during store hours 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday beginning May 4, 2020. Students may pick up their books inside the store or have their books delivered to a car. Books will be delivered to cars in the small parking lot beside Elson Hall. Students should call the phone number posted on a sign at the pickup area and then identify themselves and their vehicle. When their books are delivered, students must provide the signed textbook authorization form, along with photo ID, and sign for the books received.

Each bookstore will keep the authorization form on file in case a student changes his or her schedule and needs to add or return a book.

Bookstore-Specific Information

The College Bookstore Loan Program

During each semester, the College Bookstore will provide a report to school districts indicating which books have been loaned to individual students.

At the end of each semester and after the designated return deadline, The College Bookstore will invoice school districts directly. The cost per book will be based on whether or not the book was returned by the student by the set deadline. The invoice sent to the school district will indicate whether the book was returned or kept.

The Campus Bookstore

The Campus Bookstore does not offer a CC+ discount for books. The store will invoice school districts directly for reimbursement at the end of each semester.

MBS Direct Textbooks

Ohio University has partnered with MBS Textbooks to order College Credit Plus (CC+ or dual enrollment) textbooks for secondary students within Ohio school districts who are taking college level courses. To order textbooks, school districts should complete the following steps:

  • Complete both the College Credit Plus Form for Ohio University [Excel] and a tax-exempt form.
  • Submit both forms to MBS Director via email at: dualenrollment@mbsbooks.com.
  • MBS will reach out to the school district directly if they need any additional information.
  • If no additional information is needed, the school district will be set up for billing and the order will be placed.
  • MBS will send a confirmation email to the school district with all order details, including any titles listed as “Marketplace Only” where MBS could not obtain inventory to complete the entire order. MBS will direct the district to other options for the “Marketplace Only” materials.

Please note: The College Credit Plus Form Excel file must be 100% complete (with PO# & Copy of Tax Exempt form), or the order process will be delayed while the MBS team works to collect missing information.

If there are any questions about the ordering procedures, contact MBS Dual Enrollment Customer Service at 1-800-618-0686. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Central Standard Time). New account setups will be complete in 2-4 business days; all other orders will be placed within 2 business days.