The Bookstore stocks all books required for St. John's classes. Several translations and editions are available of most texts on the reading list, and the Bookstore keeps a list of recommended editions and a compilation of book advice, opinions, and comparisons by St. John's tutors. If you have questions, the staff of current students and alumni is well-acquainted with the Program and will happily help you make the best purchase for you.
The campus bookstore is located in the basement of Humphreys Hall, across the lawn from the west entrance of the coffee shop in McDowell Hall.
(See current academic calendar)
Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The bookstore will be open on the Saturday of commencement weekend, but closed on the Sunday of commencement.
Breaks and Public Holidays
Hours vary: Contact the bookstore or see hours posted outside.
Plan to spend about $150 on books and supplies when you first arrive. Total books and supplies for the year will run from about $350 to $475 depending upon the editions you purchase and whether you buy all new items. You are welcome to use books you already have, although you should be aware that marginal or line numbers are useful, and it is best to avoid abridged versions. Additionally, our Greenfield Library owns multiple copies of all program books, and you may also be able to locate good used copies.
Should you buy all your texts at the start of the year? No! Buying your books involves making choices you aren't yet equipped to make. Your tutors may have preferences, and you're going to hear lots of opinions from upperclass students. You will also develop your own tastes. The basic things you need to start with are: the Greek manual, Euclid's Elements, the freshman Lab Manual, the freshman chorus anthology, and a copy of Homer's Iliad.
The Bookstore accepts the SJC 1Card, personal checks and VISA, MasterCard, or American Express credit cards. Naturally, cash is also welcome.
If you want any book the Bookstore does not have, you may order it at no extra charge. The Bookstore offers sweatshirts, T-shirts, baseball caps, and other SJC paraphernalia. School supplies like pads, pens, binders, and pencils, and even laundry detergent and some basic toiletries are also stocked and the store offers a fax service.
Diploma frames feature the St. John's College name and seal, gold-embossed on museum-quality matting, with hardwood molding.
The Gallery Frame, available for $165, comes with a black mat, and molding crafted with a high-gloss, cherry lacquer, and gold inner lip. The Regency Gold Frame, available for $175, comes with a black and orange mat, and molding crafted with a mahogany furniture finish, and a gold inner lip. Diploma frames are available to order here.
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