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About the CSU Bookstore

The CSU Bookstore has served the book and supply needs of the Colorado State University community since 1950.

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 course materials for CSU courses. Students will find new, used, and rental options for their course materials. The Course Materials Department has convenience and value at the heart of their operational philosophy, and is committed to making purchasing course materials as painless as possible by offering ordering options which include our Textbook Preorder 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, and general interest books.

Serving CSU Ram Fans and Students on Campus and Around the World

In addition to our convenient on-campus location, the CSU Bookstore is proud to operate CSU Ram Zone locations at Canvas Stadium with a wide selection of Ram gear from our official sideline apparel provider, Under Armour, as well as your favorite brands including Gear, Champion, League, Zephyr, and Ouray.

Can’t make it to a CSU Bookstore or CSU Ram Zone location? Shop our wide selection of CSU Rams gear and course materials on our website! We promptly ship course materials and CSU Rams gear to fans around the state, country, and world. We also provide convenient in-store pick-up.

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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 CSU students, faculty, staff, and the CSU community with resources to successfully achieve their educational goals and to deliver programs and services that support CSU, its mission, and the greater CSU community.

Owned and Operated by Colorado State University

The CSU Bookstore is owned and operated by Colorado State University. The CSU Bookstore returns revenues to CSU for student programs and services.

Historical Highlights

Image of Calculators, including a graphing calculator, a scientific calculator, and a basic calculator.

The Colorado A&M Bookstore first opened in Johnson Hall, the former student union, circa 1950.

Image of the Colorado A&M Bookshop, formerly located inside Johnson Hall on the Colorado State University campus.

When the student center outgrew Johnson Hall, we moved into our first location inside the Lory Student Center in 1962.

Image of the CSU Bookstore upper level checkouts inside a recently expanded CSU Lory Student Center, circa 1968.

When enrollments at CSU increased, we outgrew our first location. We moved into our current space when the LSC expanded in 1968.

Eric Breniman, employee at the CSU Bookstore, climbs through debris left behind from the Flood of 1997 in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Flooding at the end July 1997 destroys all our textbook inventory weeks before classes begin. We opened a temporary bookstore, and with the help from our vendor partners and the CSU community, we had many books available when classes began in August.

Interior of the CSU Bookstore apparel department, circa 2015.

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

Image of the exterior of CSU Ram Zone at Canvas Stadium.

When the on-campus Canvas Stadium opens in August 2017, the CSU Bookstore opens Ram Zone locations throughout the stadium, providing CSU Rams gear to fans attending football games.

A photo of a sign that reads Bookstore Curbside Pickup.

When the COVID-19 pandemic closes the CSU campus, the CSU Bookstore adapts and finds new ways to serve students. Our partners provided eBook access to students who left campus without textbooks, and we offered curbside shopping options. 

Artist rendering of the first floor staircase in the CSU Bookstore remodel proposed for May 2022.

When the Lory Student Center begins its expansion project on the north end in May 2022, the CSU Bookstore will freshen up its look to continue providing the CSU community CSU Rams gear, course materials, books, and supplies.

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