Portage Campus Bookstore

Bookstore hours

  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Thursday
  • 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Friday

Book Loan:

The book loan program has been discontinued and replaced by the Financial Aid book charge process. Book loan applications will no longer be available or processed.

For students who do not qualify, our campus library will have textbooks on reserve in most cases. Some students will choose to pay out of pocket and “reimburse” themselves once the financial aid award comes in. Students might also check with their financial institution about short term loan options.

Students may schedule appointments to meet with a counselor to discuss financial challenges and gain assistance in exploring potential options. Contact the Student Development Center to schedule an appointment.

Text Book Information:

The Portage Campus no longer has off the shelf book sales.  You will need to purchase your books from the Truax Bookstore if this is your preferred method for purchasing your books. Avoid the lines and trip to Madison by ordering your books online. To order your books visit the textbook tab and then order textbooks. Here you can find your books by Title, ISBN, class number, author or by Department and course. Add all of your classes to the course list and then click get course materials. The course list will generate and you will be able to view what books are required for your class. Here is where you add the books you want to purchase to your cart.


If your book is available to rent then you will have an option to rent new or used (based on availability). All rentals require a guaranteed rental tender (credit card) you do not need to pay with this credit card. The guaranteed tender will be charged if the rental book is not returned at the end of the semester.

Textbook Purchasing:

To find your book on your study list:

  1. Look for your catalog number (starts with 10 or 20 and is 8 digits long) 20801201
  2. Remove the first 2 digits (20)
  3. Next 3 digits (801) indicates your department 801 is English)
  4. Last 3 digits (201) indicates your course (201 is English 1)
  5. Locate your 5 digit class number

For more detailed information on how to order your textbooks-textbook ordering

Shipping Information:

Time Frame:

Orders placed Monday through Thursday 24 hours to process
Orders placed Friday through Sunday Allow until Tuesday morning for processing
Orders sent to other locations follow above time line and add 2 days

Shipping Rates:

Minimum $3.50
.50 cents per each additional item up to $8.00


Fed Ex Ground or International

Shipment should arrive within 2 business days

After your order has been processed you should receive an email confirming shipment along with a tracking number

Track your shipment

Bookstore Return Policy:

Full refunds can be obtained within 10 business days (weekends not included) from the date of purchase or from the first day of class if the following conditions are met:

  1. Receipt is required (if purchased online this is the packing list that came with the book(s))
  2. Items must be returned in original purchase condition (clean, no marks/writing or damage)
  3. Software, CD's, access codes and electronic merchandise must remain unopened
  4. Shrink-wrapped or packaged items must be returned with all components
  5. All qualifying refunds will be issued with the same type of tender that was used for the purchase

Bookstore Buyback Info:

Madison College Bookstore works with a national used book vendor to offer textbook buyback. Buyback is offered every fall and spring semester during final exam week, this is the best time to sell your books for the best value. Book value (up to 50% of the new book price) is based on the following:

  1. Is the book being used again?
  2. Condition of the book
  3. Are all of the components with the book?
  4. How many do we need of that title?
  5. Is it a new/current edition?

The Portage Bookstore offers an in-store buyback (at whole sale pricing) during certain times of the year. We also offer online buyback through a used book company.

Please understand that the prices offered in store and at our end of term buybacks are often higher than those offered through our online buyback service. However, if you choose not to travel to the Bookstore or wait for the end of the semester buyback the online service may be a great option for you. Student ID is required.