Before school begins, you will need to acquire the books for your 2023-2024 courses. Refer to the Booklists for 2023-2024 to see which books will be used for your courses. If you have concerns or questions about your course list, please email Mrs. O’Hara before acquiring books. For information about laptops, please see the page for our Laptop Program.

Course books and calculators can be expensive, but there are several options for mitigating this cost. Below are two purchasing methods that we recommend. The first method is usually the most cost-effective, and the second requires less time to source the required books. Used books, unannotated, are perfectly acceptable and in many ways preferable to purchasing new if available.

Most Cost-Effective

Starting early will allow you to take advantage of the best prices on used books. Here are some options:

  • There may be good deals from large used booksellers such as,, or It is important to always check the ISBN-13 before purchasing to ensure that the edition you are considering is the correct book and edition. The booklists linked above contain the ISBN-13 number for each of the listed books. If you are purchasing in-person, you can check that the numbers match (ISBN-13 numbers can be found on the back cover of the book above the barcode or the title page at the front of the book). If purchasing online, enter the ISBN-13 directly into the search bar of the bookstore.  Note that used workbooks and novels should be unannotated. 

  • At the Learning Commons (LC) Book and Calculator Exchange on campus, priority is given to students on financial aid. Students who are interested in receiving books from the Exchange may indicate that on the Book Exchange Titles Request form. Priority will be given to students on financial aid. Items will be available for pickup in August. If you have questions about the exchange, please email Mrs. Bagley-Rowe. The LC Book and Calculator Exchange does the work of checking ISBN-13 numbers to figure whether a particular edition is the correct one for you. 

  • Current students on Stevenson’s Gmail receive notices of offers of items for sale on the  Swap & Shop group.

Most Efficient

In late July our partner bookstore (BNC) is populated with information about your courses and required books. Students interested in an efficient book purchasing experience may want to wait until this time to purchase all books directly from BNC.​