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Textbook ordering information for 2020-2021

The Canadian School Book Exchange (CSBE) will again supply textbooks to students in Year 8 to Year 12  for the 2020-2021 academic year through a customized bookstore website.

The website portal will open on Friday, June 5, 2020. Those new to UCC should carefully review the ordering information in this article.

The online bookstore will be accessible here. Please ensure you choose 2020-2021 Upper School. Identify your son’s name and year, and you’ll be able to move through a list of the textbooks required for the courses your son has selected or is required to take. You’ll have the option of purchasing new or used (if available) textbooks. CSBE refurbishes used textbooks as necessary, so many are in excellent condition and the condition of all used books are guaranteed.

Please only order the textbooks you require. You’ll receive an email notification from CSBE when your books are shipped and have the ability to view any previous online orders. If you choose to purchase only new textbooks and your complete order is in stock, CSBE will ship your order immediately. Orders that include used books will be shipped in August before the first day of class. Publisher back-ordered books will ship as soon as they’re available.

The CSBE is suggesting that due to potential supplier issues this year, you may want to order fairly soon rather than waiting until the summer.

It’s very important that you include a delivery address where someone will be available during business hours to sign for your shipment. Please consider using a business address rather than your home address for delivery, where appropriate. Otherwise, Canada Post will take any undeliverable packages to your local Canada Post outlet for pickup at your convenience (within two weeks).

Boarding families, please use the “ship to school” option. Your books will be held by CSBE and delivered to UCC for the first week of school. If alternate arrangements are required to meet restrictions relating to COVID-19, you will be informed of any changes and alternate shipping/pickup will be arranged as required.

While creating your order, you’ll be asked to either login with an existing account or create a new one. You may use this account email and password to enter the website at a later date to edit your order, add or delete textbooks, modify billing information, check your order and delivery status, and view courier tracking information.

Payment can be made by VISA, MasterCard or Interac online. Your credit card information continues to be protected by Network Solutions’ secure site encryption and identity verification technology. For assistance in using the website or to answer any questions, you may email or phone CSBE at 905-828-7200 or 1-800-335-5043 if you don’t have access to the Internet.

Special information: Upper School English textbooks

Upper School English classes use literary texts and not textbooks. Therefore teachers may have different selections of texts even in classes of the same grade. For simplicity, each grade will begin with a common text available for order immediately on CSBE, or a teacher-prepared package of readings to be distributed during the first week of school. Check the CSBE website to determine which is required.

True to the spirit of the MYP and DP, text selection is based on the success of previous units, current issues, student interest, and cultural awareness. This reflection and research takes place at the close of each academic cycle. Thus, additional texts for the year will be posted at the end of July, and these may vary from teacher to teacher. Please be sure to place your initial order before this time to ensure speedy delivery, however, additional books may be added to your order by logging into the site once the additional texts are posted.  Your son’s class assignment will be shown on the CSBE site as one of the highlighted English sections and are announced at the end of July or early to mid-August.

Other information

A stock of UCC books will be carried by CSBE throughout the academic year and may be ordered at any time. CSBE can easily handle book returns if a student changes a course. However, the books must be unmarked and in pristine condition to receive a full refund. There will be no restocking fee on books returned by Friday, October 16th.

It’s important for you to place your order as early as possible to help ensure your son has the textbooks he needs to start the school year. Ordering early gives you the best selection of used books.

For assistance, please contact CSBE directly (using the contact information noted above).