The Swarthmore Campus and Community Store is owned and operated by Swarthmore College for the benefit of the Swarthmore College Community. As part of the College, we are here to support the academic mission of the College and to enhance student life. The Bookstore staff strives to provide quality products at competitive prices in a friendly environment. We work very hard to deserve your patronage!


We’re located at 4 South Chester Road by the train station.

Our hours are: Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

We're open extended hours and occasional Sundays during special occasions.

Please feel free to call (610 328-7756) or e-mail (store@swarthmore.edu) if you don't see what you're looking for here on our web site.


The Bookstore carries required textbooks and supplies, a large selection of general interest and leisure reading material, computer software & peripherals, Swarthmore memorabilia, imprinted clothing, greeting cards, snacks, and room accessories. We also sell postage stamps at face value. Special order services, and fax services are available at the Bookstore. All products in the Bookstore are sold at or below manufacturer’s suggested list prices. If you have any suggestions for products that we should carry or services that we should provide, please let us know.


New & Used textbooks can be returned through the first week of classes with a receipt. New textbooks must be in brand new condition in order to be refunded.

General merchandise items may be returned at any time for a full refund. A receipt is required for all refunds and all items must be in new condition. Without a receipt, merchandise may be exchanged for store credit at the discretion of the Bookstore staff. If you are sending back your return to the store, please provide a receipt, contact information, and what items you would like to exchange for.


The Swarthmore Campus and Community Store accepts cash, checks, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express. We can also set up Store Accounts for purchases in the Bookstore.

Once you have funds on deposit, a student can use their Swarthmore Campus and Community Store Debit Account to make purchases in the Bookstore. You can deposit funds in the store, send a check through the mail, or call us with credit card information (number and expiration date). We just need to know the amount of the deposit, and the name & class year of the student. After that, the student I.D. Card serves as the Debit Card.

To make a purchase, the student simply tells the cashier that they want to use their Store Account. Then they swipe their I.D. Card as they would swipe a credit or debit card. The cashier will ring the sale and give the student a detailed receipt for their purchases. The student signs a slip showing that they have approved the reduction from their account.

Funds never disappear; they carry over to the next semester or academic year. Upon request, a check will be issued for any remaining balance at the end of the academic year.

To open a credit account, simply provide us with a credit card number, expiration date, card holder’s name and daytime phone number, student's name, and a monthly limit. Purchases work the same way as with debit accounts (using student I.D. card, signing, receipts, etc.). At the end of each month we tally the purchases and charge the credit card number that we have on file.

While we are happy to accept out-of-state checks, most Swarthmore College students open checking accounts at the Swarthmore College Branch of the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union. The Credit Union is located in Parrish Hall right in the middle of the College campus so it is very convenient. But please note: don't wait until you arrive on campus to open your Credit Union account! Every year we have students who wait until they arrive on campus to open their accounts. Then they have to wait for the accounts to be processed and their deposit checks to clear. While they're waiting for all of that to happen, classes have started and the students don't have their books. Don't let that happen to you! If you plan to open a Credit Union account, do it during the summer so it is ready when you arrive on campus. For details on opening an account, contact the Credit Union staff at (610) 328-7321.



Swarthmore Campus and Community Store
4 South Chester Road
Swarthmore, PA 19081-1306
Regular Hours
Monday: 10:00AM-7:00PM
Tuesday: 10:00AM-7:00PM
Wednesday: 10:00AM-7:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM-7:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM-7:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM-7:00PM
Sunday: Noon-4:00PM


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