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What is the St. Kate’s Virtual Bookstore? FAQ

The St. Kate’s Virtual Bookstore is the textbook ordering system for St. Catherine University (in partnership with BNC Services) designed to offer students an easy, seamless, price-competitive and direct-ship service for your textbook needs.

How does it work?
Simply log in using your St. Catherine University credentials and find your courses! Select the items that you want and add them to your cart. Once you are finished, proceed to checkout. At Checkout, you can either enter a credit card or charge to your student account using you student ID number.

What are the advantages of the St. Kate’s Virtual Bookstore?
Here are just a few of the advantages that you can expect with the St. Kate’s Virtual Bookstore:

  • Lower costs and upfront price guarantees on books eligible for buy-back
  • Streamlined service
  • Increased availability of rental and digital/e-book options
  • Access to one of the largest used book inventories in the country
  • Delivery to location of choice
  • 24 hour customer service

When do I order my books?
The St. Kate’s Virtual Bookstore Portal opens several weeks prior to each semester. Check Announcements under the Student Home page and store social media for dates in which The St. Kate’s Virtual Bookstore will be open for ordering.

How do these prices compare to other online book sellers?
Your books will come from one of the nation's largest used book distributors who, by volume, is able to lower your book costs and keep prices competitive with other sellers.

What if I only want to purchase some of my materials through the St. Kate’s Virtual Bookstore service?
You are not required to purchase all materials for your courses through the virtual bookstore. For any titles you do not want to purchase through the virtual bookstore, you simply do not add them to your cart.

Where do I find what books are required for my classes?
Once the St. Kate’s Virtual Bookstore site launches each semester, you can visit the site at any time to view the books required for your courses. If you would like to view the list during registration, just visit and select the book list for the current term under ‘Textbooks’. St. Catherine University is not liable for any purchases made from any vendor, including purchases made within the St. Kate’s Virtual Bookstore program, resulting from errors or changes in information posted.

I ordered through the St. Kate’s Virtual Bookstore, but now I'm planning to drop or add a class. What do I do with the textbooks I no longer need? How do I get the textbooks for the course(s) I add?
Return the textbooks for dropped classes to BNC within the return period, and the book charges will be removed from your payment method once they are received at the BNC Services Warehouse. Once you add a class, return to the Virtual Bookstore, make your selections for the new class, and place a new order.

I'm not registering for my classes until the new semester begins. How do I get my books?
Students who register for all of their courses immediately prior to the start of the semester (new freshmen/transfers, graduate students) will be directed to the St. Kate’s Virtual Bookstore portal to place an order for your recently added classes.

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