The Catholic University of America

content was last reviewed 12/19/13

CUA Bookstore

The Catholic University of America Bookstore

Location and Store Hours

The CUA Bookstore is located on the second floor of the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. Academic hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.- 6:30 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Hours are extended at the beginning of each semester as well as for special events and are reduced for holiday and school closings.

General Information


The CUA Bookstore is a Barnes and Noble College Bookstore and we work hard to make sure that we are meeting your needs- from textbooks to CUA apparel. We work closely with professors to  make sure we have all the books and supplies needed for your classes. We also carry school supplies, reference materials, general interest books, and, last but certainly not least, spirit gear and accessories. The same great selection you can find in our store is available at So if you prefer to shop from the comfort of your own home, you can place your order online, and then pick it up at the store or have it shipped to you. You can even use our website to purchase your textbooks each semester. Our staff is dedicated to one thing and one thing only: providing you the best service possible to ensure you have exactly what you need for a successful college career.




We understand that textbooks can be expensive, but we offer numerous cost saving options for students. Over half of our textbooks are available for rent saving students on average 50% off the new price of the book and we also offer digital and used options on thousands of books.  All textbooks are located in the lower level of the store. They are arranged on the shelves alphabetically by class (using abbreviations as they appear in the class schedule) and numerically by section. It is helpful to have a copy of your class schedule to locate the proper class and section number. The CUA Bookstore also buys back textbooks every day.


Payment Options


The CUA Bookstore accepts cash; cardinal cash, checks (no starter checks, third party or business checks) with proper ID (current student ID or driver's license); or MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express as well as Barnes and Noble Gift Cards. Textbook purchases are fully returnable within one week of the first day of class accompanied by a cash register receipt.