Don't worry about buying books.

AlamoBOOKS+ provides easy textbook rentals for eligible students through Barnes & Noble College, so students can have all required books and other instructional materials by the first day of class.


How it Works



Check Your Student Email

Once your books and other course materials are ready to review, eligible students will receive an email from Barnes & Noble College prompting them to select their preferred delivery method.


Get Your Material Rentals

The Barnes & Noble College bookstores will prepare the books for each student and notify students when they have shipped or are available for in-store pickup.


Access Digital Materials

Digital books and instructional materials will be delivered directly to students and will be accessible in their course(s) within Canvas.

Can't find your email?

Click the link below and log in using your ACES username and password.

Review your materials



Book rentals included

as part of your tuition and fees



per 3-credit hour course


$16.5 M

per semester



How do I select my books?
  1. Register for classes 

  2. Before classes start, you will receive an email providing you a link to your personal book/course material selection page where you can review your courses and choose how you would like to receive your materials. (Note: This email will come from

    If you make changes to your course schedule within 30 days of the start date, please allow 24-48 hours for your updated course list to load. The email will be sent to your email once your materials are ready to review
  1. Log into your book/course material page using your ACES username and password. You can log in via desktop or mobile. Once your order is ready for pickup or ships you will receive an email notification. (Your digital materials will be delivered within Canvas via the “AlamoBOOKS+ Course Material” link located in your course(s). 
What if I cannot find the email?

Select the link below and log in using your ACES username and password.

Review Course Materials

Which students are eligible for AlamoBOOKS +?

The program is for all students who are taking in-person and/or online education courses at one of the Alamo Colleges.

Continuing Education and High School Program students (i.e. Dual Credit, Early College High School, P-Tech and Alamo Academies, etc.) are not eligible for this program, but receive their instructional materials through their school district.

However, home school Dual Credit students will be included in the AlamoBOOKS+ program.

Students using Department of Defense Tuition Assistance (TA) or financial assistance for military spouses (MyCAA) should be aware that military assistance programs are unable to cover the cost of instructional materials. An Instructional Material Fee will be added to their accounts, adding $19 per credit hour that must be covered either out-of-pocket or through other financial assistance. 

How do I enroll in the program?

All eligible students will be automatically enrolled in the AlamoBOOKS + Program; no additional action is required.

All students need to do is verify their courses and delivery method.

What is included in AlamoBOOKS+?

The program provides all required textbooks, lab manuals, access codes and digital textbook versions to eligible students.

What is excluded from AlamoBOOKS+?

The program does not include consumables that cannot be returned and reused such as lab goggles, dissection kits, molecular model kits, engineering kits or nursing kits.

When are my textbook rentals due back to the bookstore?

The deadline to return all rental textbooks is the last day of finals. Students will receive email reminders about the rental deadline to your school email address.

All rented textbooks must be returned to the bookstore, in good condition, by the Rental Return Due Date (as shown on your Order Confirmation email). Textbook rentals returned via mail must be postmarked by the Rental Return Due Date.

Can I buy my rented textbook?

Yes, if you decide you want to keep your rental book, you can opt to buy it at a reduced rate during the return period. Rental books that are identified as a 'Rental Only' title are not available for purchase at any time.

Can I return my books by mail?

Yes, just use the return shipping label available online. If you're returning multiple books, we recommend placing them in one box, so that you only need one shipping label. Depending on store hours, you can also just drop off your books at the bookstore. 

Do I need to return books if they are for a continuation course?

Yes, you will still be required to return continuation course textbooks. You will be issued the same title for the next semester of the continuation course.

What if I drop a class?

You may return the book to the bookstore on the same terms and timelines currently in place.

If you drop a class and enroll in a different class, the bookstore will “swap” the required textbooks/codes so that you have what you need.

Who do I contact for support with issues accessing digital materials

Learn how to access digital materials by viewing the guide on Canvas.

View Digital Materials Guide

If you still have questions, contact your bookstore team. Or, you can visit for support with digital materials.

We suggest that students provide Customer Care with their name, school email address, school, course information and screenshots of issue if applicable.

Open a ticket Online for the Customer Care Team Email the Customer Care Team


Contact Us

For assistance, please contact your college bookstore.

Northeast Lakeview College
Brazo Student Union
(210) 486-5449

Northwest Vista College
Huisache Hall, room 113
(210) 486-2005

Palo Alto College
Rio Grande Building, room 162
(210) 486-3018

St. Philip's College
Turbon Student Center Building, room 113
(210) 486-2440

San Antonio College
Loftin Student Center
(210) 486-2031

Visit Your College Bookstore's Site

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• Help you start the application process

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• Connect you to registration with a college advisor

• Refer you to services available to online students

Contact us today.


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