School Store

Book Sale Information (also available in the Back to School @Hop edition)

We have changed the hours of Hopkins School Book Sale - the new hours are listed below (and please note them carefully, we only accommodate book purchases during the posted hours):
Week of August 24:
Monday and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Special Extended Hours Thursday August 27th  - 11:00 a.m - 6:00 p.m.

(CLOSED Friday 8/28)

Friday, September 4th (Orientation Day) from 8:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m., in Heath Commons.
(We need to move back to our regular home in Heath Commons the week of August 31st, which is why we we will only be open Orientation Day.)
The regular school store hours will be posted here once the school year begins.
IMPORTANT: We are implementing a big changes this year in the book sale process.
We will be providing each student with an individual book list this year, instead of posting the entire book list on the website. This list will be emailed by me by the start of book sale. The advantage to this is it cuts down the likelihood of families purchasing incorrect editions of English books if there is not an opportunity to copy that information from multiple sections read on a massive spreadsheet. The booklist emailed will only have the books required for each course for that individual student.
It also means families will not have to wait to find out their English section numbers, previously necessary so they knew which section of books to purchase. Now the books will simply be listed, and students will not need to know their section numbers until opening day (just as in other departments’ classes).
The other reason for sending individual lists to each students is that we hope it will also cut down on students being given incorrect editions at book sale or purchasing incorrect editions elsewhere (again, this is mostly to help with English books). If families attend book sale, we will also have a copy of each individualized book list, so we can check off the list more carefully and correctly while our student workers guide families through book sale. We will still require receipts for any returns from Hopkins Book sale. If you purchase books elsewhere, you will have to follow those return policies.
It is important to note that the list we send will have our latest information, but often in late August and even into the school year, the scheduling office needs to make changes that could affect a student’s English section, which in turn may lead to a need to purchase some different editions. We will notify students as soon as we can if this happens. I would suggest not writing names in any books until you are sure your schedule is finalized. Again, this is also why it will be very important to keep receipts!
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns, and have a wonderful summer.
Tracy Bray
Bookstore Manager, Hopkins School
986 Forest Rd. New Haven, CT 06515
(203) 397-1001 x 102


List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • What if I purchase books at 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.
  • Some of the ISBNs on my child's book list don't match the ones that were on the repeat book list, or even what I find online - what do I do?

    There are several reasons for this - the worst being that some publishers discontinue an edition, and replace it with a new edition unexpectedly. If they do this, we often have no choice but to accept the new edition. Some books have also been used for a long time, and publishers may update introductory pages, or add information about online supplements. This changes the ISBN, although the book remains the same. Please just contact me if you need to verify any books.
  • 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.
  • Why isn't there a posting of families buying/selling used books?

    Unfortunately, the list 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; I thought that seemed like an easy route to take.
  • When is the book sale?

    The Hopkins School Book Sale will begin Monday, August 17th, 2015 in Thompson Hall, first floor. We did have to shorten our hours from our original announcement in July.  The latest hours are:
    Week of August 17:
    • Monday and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    (CLOSED Friday 8/21)
    Week of August 24:
    • Monday and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    (CLOSED Friday 8/28)
    Friday, September 4th (Orientation Day) from 8:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m., in Heath Commons.
    (We need to move back to our regular home in Heath Commons the week of August 31st, which is why we we will only be open Orientation Day.)
  • I am a new parent and live far away, it will be difficult to come to book sale and Orientation day - can I just buy my books Orientation day? Will the books run out?

    Yes - but note you are not alone! Orientation day is typically our very busiest day of the book sale period. Expect a long line! We order approximately the amount of books needed to equal the enrollment of a course. Also, when we move from Thompson to Heath, we box up the books of students who did not attend book sale, so it helps speed things along a little more - we should have your box ready, so you just need to go through it, take out anything you don't need, and pay!
  • Does the school store allow billing?

    Unfortunately, we do not. We require payment at the time of purchase just like any other store.
  • 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 Hopkins Bookstore during the school year - how do I do returns?

    That requires a little help from your student. I am open during lunch hours - specifically so all students should have the ability to get to the store. 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).
  • How long do I have to do returns?

    I typically allow returns through the add-drop period. The specific last day for returns will be posted on @Hop this fall.