The University Bookstore manages the undergraduate textbook rental program established when the Eau Claire campus was founded in 1916. More than 93,000 books are in the Instructional Resource Rental inventory. The bookstore’s used-book buyback program also keeps course books circulating among students who need them.
The University Bookstore and UW-Eau Claire’s Golden Key International Honor Society host an annual textbook drive to benefit Better World Books, the organization that sponsors Books for Africa and other literacy and education programs in nonprofit organizations. The repurposing and recycling of used books supports international literacy and campus ecological sustainability at the same time.