School Store


List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • When is the book sale?

    The Hopkins School Book Sale will begin Monday, August 22, 2016 in Thompson Hall, first floor.  The hours will be as follows (and please note them carefully - we can only accommodate book purchases during posted hours):

    Monday and Tuesday (August 22 & 23) from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Wednesday August 24th from 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    Thursday and Friday (August 25 & 26) from 8:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.

    We will be closed most of the week of August 29th as we need to move from Thompson Hall to our regular home in Heath Commons, second floor.  However, we will be open Orientation Day, Friday, September 2nd from 8:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. in Heath.  There are typically long lines on Orientation Day, so I strongly encourage you to come the week of August 22nd, if possible.  
  • When can I find out if books used in the 2015-2016 academic year will be used again for the 2016-2017 academic year?  If there are books being used again, how can I buy or sell?

    One of the reasons I am releasing the booklists to students on July 27 is so there will be plenty of time to search for or sell books that are going to be used again for the upcoming school year.  I will post a list of these books being repeated by Monday, July 25th, so when the book list is received, you will be able to check it against the repeat book list.  I cannot issue that list any sooner - last summer, three grade wide titles were changed by the publisher very last minute.  This caused a lot of issues for families that had bought or sold used books based on the information I had provided earlier in the summer.  I prefer to wait and be sure there are no changes beyond our control, in other words, to be sure the informaiton is accurate rather than early.

    Unfortunately, the list I used to post - of families buying or selling these repeated books - became very unwieldy for the store to manage. There were many issues with the postings being sent - such as issues with high prices, condition, accuracy, etc. I felt it was better to simply post the books being repeated, and let families and students that perhaps knew each other from the same town, or teams, activities, etc. contact each other directly to arrange buying or selling books. Plus, there are so many options online for buying and selling used books, students last summer reported great success in using online resources for this purpose.  Please note that you need to take care not to purchase books not on my list, so you do not accidentally purchase incorrect materials.
  • Is it ok to purchase e-texts, or rent books from an online source?

    Yes, it is ok for Math and Science courses, and AP Human Geography in History. It is typically ok in other History courses, some Modern Language, and some Classics. You should check with your teacher on the first day of class for those subjects. The only department that does not allow e-texts or books on Kindles or other e-readers is English. You need to have the physical books for English courses.
  • What if I purchase books at the Hopkins Book sale, but then want to return them if I find less expensive ones, or decide to go with e-texts?

    This is absolutely fine! I require your cash register receipt, and if you purchased with a credit card, would need that card or card number. If you paid by check or cash, I would have to request the business office send a refund check, this can take up to 10-14 days to receive. The books must be in good condition (not bent or damaged) and not written in. We actually encourage that students wait until the first day of school to write their names in their books, just in case a reason for a return comes up.
  • We have one or more books that we were told were on backorder - what do we do?

    With our new system for giving each student his or her own book list, it is easy to prepay. We will note on the list that they prepaid, once the book arrives, I will notify the teacher it has arrived, and your student simply comes and picks it up. If you don't prepay, they just need to be able to call you for payment, or you can send a check made out to Hopkins School and signed, and I will fill out the amount and send home a receipt. I try hard to make sure the faculty is aware of backordered books and their status.
  • I can't get to the Hopkins Bookstore during the hours of operation - how do I do returns, or purchase items?

    This may require some help from your child. I am open during lunch hours - specifically so all students should have the ability to get to the store. For returns, If they can bring the books and receipt, I can call for the credit card number to process the return. If acceptable to you, you can also send the card number via a text on your child's phone or written down, and I can process it that way (best if you are difficult to reach by phone).  We may also have to send a refund check through the business office, but again, I can start that process if I can just get the books and receipt.
    If you want to purchase items, please email me, let me know what you would like, and I will set the items aside for your child to pick up, or I can ship them to you.  Again, I would simply be able to reach you via phone to get credit card information to process the sale.
  • Does the school store allow billing?

    Unfortunately, we do not. We require payment at the time of purchase just like any other store.


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