Overview of BNC Virtual, the online textbook vendor and The Hive Campus Store
UBalt's "bookstore" includes a campus store without textbooks in the Student Center, and a completely virtual textbook fulfillment service. All textbooks are available virtually by Barnes & Noble's textbook company.BNC Virtual.
In addition to the online bookstore, Barnes & Noble College operates a campus store known as The Hive on the first floor of the Student Center. The Hive is stocked with UBalt logo items galore, including apparel with the mascot Eubie, school supplies, computers, diploma frames and graduation memorabilia. There is also a cafe proudly serving Starbucks coffee, and a convenience store with sandwiches, salads, chips, protein bars, bottled beverages and yogurt.
Textbook Ordering Deadlines
To allow time to obtain books from the publisher, ship to the student, and allow the student reading time in advance of class, the ordering deadlines are:
Law June 1
Graduate/Undergraduate June 15
Law November 25
Graduate/Undergraduate December 15
All courses: May 1, 2020
Winterim: November 25
Faculty members determine appropriate textbooks and course materials, and each school has designated "power users" who order textbooks on behalf of the faculty. Check with your Associate Dean or department chair for a textbook ordering contact.
How to View Your Textbook in the Online Store
Below is a graphic of the online view students see when they search for their courses. To check that your textbook appears correctly, enter the semester on the left, and the course number in the box on the right; then,select the section from the drop down menu. Click the blue arrow in the bottom right to see the textbook view.
How the Bookstore Benefits Students
The bookstore offers students Price Match, which guarantees that if the book is available at a lower cost on the Amazon bookstore (not the marketplace) that BNC Virtual will honor the price or refund the difference. BNC Virtual also has a return program to protect the student if the class is cancelled or an incorrect edition is shipped. Students may use financial aid to buy textbooks and to pay for shipping costs, if any. Also, Veterans use the pricing found on the bookstore to prepare expense reports.
Course packets are printed locally and sold at The Hive campus store. Contact the campus store manager to make arrangements for course packets.