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About the CSU Bookstore

About the CSU Bookstore

The CSU Bookstore has served the book and supply needs of the Colorado State University community since 1950. Since our beginnings as the A&M Student Union Bookstore in Johnson Hall, we have continued to grow and serve our campus community while providing superior customer service.

Conveniently located on the CSU campus in central Fort Collins, we boast an unparalleled selection of CSU apparel and gifts. Visitors will find clothing made by Colorado State's official sideline apparel provider, Under Armour, as well as trusted brands like Gear, Champion, and Zephyr.

Beyond apparel and gifts, we supply students with textbooks for CSU courses. Students will find new, used, and rental textbook options for their textbooks. The Textbook Department has convenience and value at the heart of their operational philosophy, and is committed to making purchasing textbooks as painless as possible by offering ordering options which include our Text Reservation program, and our price comparison tool

Our campus location also features our Supplies Department with the products students need to succeed in class. Additionally, the Bookstore stocks household products, magazines, and general interest books.

More Locations for Ram Fans

The CSU Bookstore has additional retail locations to serve Ram fans. Our Ram Zone locations in Downtown Fort Collins, the CSU Stadium, and in Downtown Denver serve fans with a great selection of Ram gear from our official sideline apparel provider Under Armour, as well as your favorite brands such as Gear, Champion, and Zephyr.

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Historical Highlights

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    1950

    The Colorado A&M Bookstore opens in Johnson Hall.

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    1962

    The Bookstore opens its first location in the new Lory Student Center.

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    1968

    After outgrowing the first space in the Lory Student Center, the Bookstore moves to its current location.

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    1997

    About a foot of rain over the course of 31 hours soaks Fort Collins, causing flooding that destroyed parts of Morgan Library, campus buildings, as well as the lower level of the student center, including half of the Bookstore.

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    1999

    CSU Bookstore becomes the supplier for School is Cool, a program which provides backpacks filled with essential school supplies to students in the Poudre School District. Since its inception, School is Cool has helped more than 40,000 children.

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    2000

    The CSU Bookstore provides students the first method to purchase textbooks online.

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    2006

    CSU offers students the ability to charge textbooks and supplies purchases to student accounts, simplifying textbook purchases for students and parents. (Click HERE to learn more.)

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      2010

      The first Ram Zone location opens in Downtown Denver to serve alumni and Ram fans in the metro area.

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      2013

      The second Ram Zone location opens in Downtown Fort Collins

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        2017

        CSU Bookstore is named 2017 Collegiate Retailer of the Year by the National Association of College Stores; CSU Bookstore’s third Ram Zone location opens at the new CSU Stadium.


While we may have moved, outgrown our space, or even changed the layout of our store, our mission remains the same:

The mission of the Colorado State University Bookstore is to provide students with essential tools to successfully pursue and achieve their educational goals and objectives for the purpose of higher learning. The Bookstore will cultivate a culture that fosters the exchange of ideas, recognizes individual value, and is committed to the education of students, staff, campus, and faculty. We will empower a dedicated staff whose priority is to exceed each customer’s expectations.

Owned and Operated by Colorado State University

The CSU Bookstore is owned and operated by Colorado State University. The CSU Bookstore does not receive any tuition or student fees for operation. The CSU Bookstore returns revenues to CSU for student programs and services.

Colorado A&M Bookstore first opened in Johnson Hall, circa 1950

Colorado A&M Bookstore first opened in Johnson Hall, circa 1950.

CSU Bookstore in the Lory Student Center in 1962

Our first location in the Lory Student Center, 1962

We outgrew our first LSC location and moved to our current space in 1968

We outgrew our first LSC location and moved to our current space in 1968.

Flooding in 1997 destroys all our inventory weeks before classes begin

Flooding in 1997 destroys all our inventory weeks before classes begin.

In 2013, we opened our first Ram Zone location in Downtown Fort Collins

In 2013, we opened our first Ram Zone location in Downtown Fort Collins.

The CSU Bookstore earns the 2017 Collegiate Retailer of the Year honors from the National Association of College Stores

The CSU Bookstore earns the 2017 Collegiate Retailer of the Year honors from the National Association of College Stores.

Photos: University Historic Photo Archive; Colorado State University, Bookstore Archives

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