Dear Students,

Check out the FAQs below for more info on buying course books from Octopus and our Store Policies page for information about returns. Please note that as of September 30th 2020, Fall course books are FINAL SALE.

Please note that online orders are not processed on weekends. You will be notified by email when your books are ready for pick up. Please wait for this email before coming to the store!

Carleton University

ANTH 2001 - Prof. Solana, Vivian
ANTH 3007 - Prof. Landry, Jean-Michel
CHST 3201 - Prof. Chakravorty, Mayurika
COMS 4401 - Prof. Winseck, Dwayne
COMS 4506 - Prof. Mooney, Liam
COMS 5203 - Prof. Winseck, Dwayne
CRCJ 3002 - Profs. Karaian, Lara and Santos, Madalena
CRCJ 3201 - Prof. Stirrett, Natasha
ENGL 1009 - Prof. Chakravorty, Mayurika
ENGL 1010B - Prof. Birkwood, Susan
ENGL 1600 - Prof. Post, Esther
ENGL 2107 - Prof. Greenspan, Brian
ENGL 2108 - Prof. Whiting, Pat
ENGL 2109 - Prof. Post, Esther
ENGL 2802A - Prof. Birkwood, Susan
ENGL 3500 - Prof. Whiting, Pat
ENGL 3603 - Prof. Greenspan, Brian
ENGL 3940 - Prof. Chakravorty, Mayurika
FYSM 1405B - Prof. Kinsey, Danielle
HIST 2600 - Prof. Fraser, Erica
HIST 2809 - Prof. Hogue, Michel
HIST 3510 - Prof. Hogue, Michel
HIST 5315F - Prof. Marshall, Dominique
HLTH 6903 - Prof. Godin, Katelyn
JOUR 5508B - Prof. Harewood, Adrian
LAWS 2105 A&G - Prof. Christensen, Michael
LAWS 4304 - Prof. Rigakos, George
LAWS 4800 - Prof. Littlechild, Danika
LAWS 5000 - Profs. Gaucher, Megan and Wilke, Christiane
LAWS 5306 - Prof. Rigakos, George
PSCI 3107 - Prof. Atack, Peter
PSCI 3307 - Prof. Atack, Peter
RELI 2230 - Prof. Wolfart, Johannes
SOCI 2170 - Prof. Landry, Deborah
SOCI 3004 - Prof. Landry, Deborah
SOCI 3170 - Prof. Shotwell, Alexis
SOCI 3430 - Prof. Rivas-Sánchez, Eloy
SOCI 5404 - Prof. Rivas-Sánchez, Eloy
SOWK 2005 - Profs. Black, Dillon and Young, Deborah
SOWK 2100 - Prof. Park, Gareth
SOWK 2202A - Prof. Manseau, Carol
SOWK 3100 - Prof. Jennissen, Therese
SOWK 3207 - Prof. Redmond, Melissa
SOWK 4001A - Prof. Bokore, Nimo
SOWK 5003 - Prof. Redmond, Melissa
SOWK 5016 - Profs. Bokore, Nimo and Manseau, Carol
WGST 3809 - Prof. Irving, Dan

University of Ottawa

CRM 3335C - Prof. Landry, Deborah
PAP 2300 - Prof. Roman, Joseph
SOC 7176 - Prof. Rippey, Phyllis


If you are looking for course books, below 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 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 hestiate 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 to Friday: 10am - 6pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 12pm - 5pm


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.

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.  All orders are to be picked up at our store in the Glebe at 116 Third Ave.

Or, shipped to your door!

Get them shipped to you - an even better way to avoid line-ups! Shipping charges are based on weight and your postal code. For shipping in Ontario, this usually works out to $13 for 1 book, plus $1 for each additional book. We will calculate the cost and confirm the total before charging you.

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 we accept Visa and Mastercard, you can also send an e-transfer from your bank. Please note that we do not accept Visa or Mastercard debit cards online!


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.

Can I return my course book?

Check out our Store Policies page for information about returns.