Carl Sandburg Student Success Guide 
    Jul 18, 2024  
Carl Sandburg Student Success Guide


The Carl Sandburg College Bookstore is run by Follet Books and is an authorized dealer for textbooks and Sandburg logo items and apparel. Textbooks may be purchased in store, online or reserved at Textbooks are available for sale online and in the store three weeks prior to the start of classes. The bookstore offers a textbook rental program in which selected titles are rented for the semester. Please contact the campus bookstore for hours. The Sandburg Bookstore is located in B57 on the Main Campus in Galesburg.


While some students may take a wait-and-see approach before purchasing books and materials, we strongly discourage this practice. Starting any class without the necessary materials typically causes students to fall behind early in the semester. Also, students who wait may find the bookstore has sold out of the materials needed for a particular class. So don’t delay the inevitable - purchase your books and materials as soon as possible. However, if you lack the funds to purchase the required materials, contact your advisor to explore your options.

The Follett Bookstore is located in the Student Center on the Main Campus and carries the books and materials required for classes at Sandburg. The staff at Follett Books offer the following tips for new students:

  • • Bring a copy of your class schedule. This is extremely important because it ensures that you’ll be provided the correct books and materials for each of your classes.
  • Bring your Sandburg ID. If you plan to charge your books to your financial aid account, your Sandburg ID is required. The bookstore staff cannot look up your student ID number.
  • Pay attention to dates. Students with sufficient financial aid may not charge books and materials until three weeks prior to the start of the semester.
  • Don’t wait to purchase your books on the first day of class. Not only is the first day extremely busy, but most (if not all) used books will have been sold. Make your purchases early for the best prices and selection.
  • Buy used and rent whenever possible. This is the most affordable way to purchase books and you won’t have to rely upon our book “buy-back” to recoup your costs. Instead, get your savings upfront.
  • Buy online. You can order ahead by visiting and have your books shipped directly to your home or you may pick them up in the bookstore.
  • View required course materials. Sandburg provides a list of required books and supplies for each class under the class search and through the Follett Bookstore website