Students

Check out the FAQs below for more info on buying course books from Octopus.

BUYING COURSE BOOKS? GET THE FAQs!

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!

DOES OCTOPUS HAVE MY BOOKS?

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!

WHICH STORE DO I GO TO?

Carleton students go to our Glebe location at 116 Third Avenue , just west of Bank.

The #7 bus takes you right from campus to our door. 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 washrooms are 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.

Ottawa U students go to our Centretown location at 251 Bank Street at Cooper. We're up on the second floor.

Take the #94 bus from campus to Bank Street downtown. Then transfer to the #2 heading south on Bank Street. Exit either at Nepean and walk south one block, or exit Somerset and walk back north one block.  The store is wheelchair accessible with the use of the elevator.  If you have any issues with accessibility, please call us before you visit at 688-0752.

Algonquin Students go to our Glebe location at 116 Third Avenue , just west of Bank. Although the store is wheelchair accessible, our washrooms are 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.

WHEN ARE YOU OPEN?

Here are our hours:

Glebe store, 116 Third Avenue

Monday - Saturday 10 am - 6 pm

Sunday:   noon - 5::00pm

Centretown store, 251 Bank Street, 2nd floor

Monday - Friday: 10:00 am - 06:00pm

WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME?

The most important thing is to know your professor's name.

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.

CAN I BUY MY BOOKS ONLINE?

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.

Pick up in-store

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.

Make sure to go to the right location to pick up your books. Carleton students go to 116 Third Avenue in the Glebe. Students from Ottawa U go to 251 Bank Street, 2nd floor, in Centretown.

Or, shipped to your door!

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.

DO I NEED A PAYPAL ACCOUNT TO BUY BOOKS ONLINE?

Nope.

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.

SHOULD I BRING MY OWN BAG?

Yes, if you can!

Or, you can always take one of our old school, lovely, sturdy and entirely non- biodegradable plastic bags.

Accessibility?

Both our stores are wheelchair accessible, 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.