Books and Coursepacks

Paperback Exchange Bookstore

All textbooks for non-language courses are available for purchase at the Paperback Exchange bookstore on Via delle Oche, 4r (near Piazza del Duomo). Most books are non-refundable; it is therefore advisable that you not make purchases until you are sure of staying in a class.

Refunds for dropped courses only

Some books are eligible for total refund upon presentation of the receipt of purchase if the request is approved by the bookshop manager and all of the following conditions are met:

  • The course has been dropped. (The drop slip from the Registrar must be presented.)
  • The date of return is within the first month of the semester AND within a maximum of 15 days from the date of purchase.
  • The book is new and in mint condition (when applicable, shrink-wrap must be intact and the CD pouch unopened.)

End of semester buy-back policy

At the end of the semester, the bookshop may buy back some books for up to 30% of the original price if they are in very good condition (i.e., no writing, highlighting, or underlining). The buy-back value is determined by the shop on the basis of the original purchase price and overall condition of the book.

Please note that summer course books, obsolete texts, or textbooks with new editions in print are NOT eligible for refund under any conditions.

Please consider donating to the library any textbooks that you do not plan to take home and that cannot be returned to the store; we will make them available for future students, as past students have done for current semesters.

Libreria La Feltrinelli

All Italian language textbooks are available for purchase at La Feltrinelli bookstore on Via de’ Cerretani, N. 30/32 (also near Piazza del Duomo).


Coursepacks may be purchased at Copisteria Universale on Via la Farina, 10r (near Piazzale Donatello).

With rare exceptions, coursepacks can be printed and bound while you wait. Please note that coursepacks are non-refundable; it is therefore advisable that you not make purchases until you are sure of staying in a class.

Vendor policies

Please note that Syracuse Florence makes no profit from third-party vendors and takes no responsibility for how stores enforce policies and/or administer services.

Syracuse Florence Library reserve books and coursepacks

The Syracuse Florence Library keeps one copy of each required textbook and coursepack on reserve in the Library Office (ground floor of the Villino). Reserve books are available for 2-hour consultations on a first-come, first-served basis. Late fees will apply for any reserve texts not returned by the end of the day.

If you have any questions about textbooks and coursepacks, please contact the Library Coordinator Sylvia Hetzel ( or stop by the Library Office.