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.

Note that you will be notified by email when your books are ready for pick up – please wait for this email before coming to the store.

All textbooks for the Fall semester are final sale as of October 1st.

Fall 2021 Semester

Carleton University

ANTH 2001 - Prof. Solana, Vivian
ANTH 2070 - Prof. Leistle, Bernhard
ANTH 4100 - Prof. Ramzy, Carolyn
ANTH 4109 - Prof. Solana, Vivian
ANTH 5109 - Prof. Solana, Vivian
CHST 3000 - Prof. Sinclair-Palm, Julia
COMS 4403 - Prof. Hoskins, Guy
COMS 4506 - Prof. Mooney, Liam
COMS 5207 - Prof. Towns, Armond
CRCJ 1000A - Prof. Santos, Madalena
CRCJ 1000B - Prof. Ilea, Adina
CRCJ 2100 - Prof. Stinson, Lori
CRCJ 3002A - Prof. Karaian, Lara
CRCJ 3002B - Prof. Santos, Madalena
CRCJ 3100 - Prof. Crosby, Andrew
CRCJ 4200 - Prof. Karaian, Lara
CRST 4001 - Prof. Birk, Manjeet
EACH 2000 - Prof. Leckie, Barbara
DIGH 4002 - Prof. Greenspan, Brian
ENGL 1009 - Prof. Chakravorty, Mayurika
ENGL 1010A - Prof. Mason, Jody
ENGL 1010B - Prof. Murray, Julie
ENGL 1700 - Prof. Leckie, Barbara
ENGL 2802A - Prof. Birkwood, Susan
ENGL 2926 - Prof. Otiono, Nduka
ENGL 2937 - Prof. Chakravorty, Mayurika
ENGL 3500 - Prof. Murray, Julie
ENGL 3603 - Prof. Greenspan, Brian
ENGL 3940 - Prof. Coleman, John
ENGL 4125 - Prof. Greenspan, Brian
ENGL 4976 - Prof. Barrows, Adam
FYSM 1004A - Prof. Birkwood, Susan
FYSM 1405A - Prof. Madokoro, Laura
FYSM 1405B - Prof. Kinsey, Danielle
FYSM 1502 - Prof. Tasson, Steve

HIST 2600 - Prof. Fraser, Erica
HIST 2809 - Prof. Hogue, Michel
HIST 3510 - Prof. Hogue, Michel
HIST 6808T - Prof. Madokoro, Laura
HUMR 3001 - Prof. Barrows, Adam
HUMR 4409 - Prof. Dean, Calum
INDG 2015 - Prof. Todd, Zoe
JOUR 5401 - Prof. Beattie, Sherri
LAWS 1001 D&G - Prof. Tasson, Steve
LAWS 2105 A&C - Prof. Christensen, Michael
LAWS 2105B - Prof. Grace, Anita
LAWS 4800 - Prof. Littlechild, Danika
LAWS 5000 - Prof. Wilke, Christiane
LAWS 6000 - Prof. Wilke, Christiane
MUSI 4200B - Prof. Ramzy, Carolyn
PSCI 2102 - Prof. Atack, Peter
PSCI 3307 - Prof. Atack, Peter
SOCI 1001A - Prof. Davidson, Tonya
SOCI 1002 - Prof. Davidson, Tonya
SOCI 2450 - Prof. Ilea, Adina
SOCI 2810 - Prof. Todd, Zoe
SOCI 3010 - Prof. Kmiec, Patricia
SOCI 5806F - Prof. Todd, Zoe
SOWK 2001 - Prof. Simpson, Megan
SOWK 2005A - Prof. Park, Gareth
SOWK 2005B - Prof. Simpson, Megan
SOWK 2203 - Prof. Kalmanovitch, Alicia
SOWK 3100 - Prof. Jennissen, Therese
SOWK 3207 - Prof. Redmond, Melissa
SOWK 4001 - Prof. Bokore, Nimo
SOWK 5003 - Prof. Redmond, Melissa
SOWK 5016F - Prof. Manseau, Carol
SOWK 5016G - Prof. Bokore, Nimo
SOWK 5703 - Prof. Jennissen, Therese

University of Ottawa

CRM 3335C - Prof. Landry, Deborah

Saint Paul University

EPE 5101 - Prof. McLennan, Matthew


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 - Saturday: 10am to 6pm
Sunday: 11am to 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.