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**** STUDENTS PLEASE NOTE that our website only updates once per day. To receive accurate information about availability and prices, please call the store at 613-233-2589. We thank you for your understanding.
If you are looking for course books, here are some tips that will make your visit to Octopus Books simple, pleasant and, most importantly, get you the right books.
Please take a moment to look through the questions below. If you are still lost at the end, give us a call at 613-233-2589 and we'll be happy to help!
Your professor will tell you whether your books are available through Octopus.
If you have been to class and read your syllabus and you're still not sure if your books are available through Octopus, please refer to the Students section on our website. All the course books we sell are listed there and are organized by Department and Course Code. Check it out!
The #7 bus takes you right from campus to our door. You can also take the #6 from either Hurdman, Billings Bridge, or Greenboro to our store. Ask the driver to announce Bank and Third. We are located at 116 Third Ave, just around the corner from Nicastro's. Although the store is wheelchair accessible, our washroom is not. If you have any issues or questions around accessibility, please don't hesiate to call us at 233-2589, or ask for assistance at the door of the store.
Get more info about Ottawa's buses here.
Here are our hours:
Monday - Friday 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday 12 pm -5 pm
Holidays may affect these hours.
The most important thing is to know your professor's name, but you should have your course code and textbook titles handy as well. Everything in the store is organized by your professor's name. Please, please, please remember your professor's name!
Here's why: There are lots of sections called "ENGL 1000" but they're all taught by different folks and require different books. Knowing your professor's name means you'll be going home with the right books - and that's a great way to start the school year.
YES! You can pick them up in store, or have them shipped to you. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our Store Policies before placing your order.
If you buy online, you can pick them up in-store at no extra charge (a great way to avoid line-ups)! You will be notified by email when your books are ready to pick up. Please wait for this email before coming to the store! We do our best to have books ready for you the day you order them, but orders are not processed on weekends. All orders are to be picked up at our Glebe location at 116 Third Ave.
Get them shipped to you - an even better way to avoid line-ups! The shipping charge is $13 for the first book plus $1 for each additional book.
Please note that orders are processed in the order we receive them. We do our best to ship books the same day you place your order, but orders are not processed on weekends.
No. While all of our online payments are handled by PayPal to keep everything secure and safe, you can pay through PayPal without signing up for an account. You will need a credit card though.
Yes, if you can! Otherwise we have paper bags.
Our store is wheelchair accessible, but the bathroom is not. If you have mobility, auditory or any other type of accessibility issues, we are happy to try our best to help out. Please give us a call at 613-233-2589 to let us know what would make it easiest for you to purchase your books.
Check out our Store Policies page for information about returns.