Bookstore Operations

Central Piedmont Community College has partnered with Follett Higher Education to operate the bookstores. There are physical store locations on the Central, Levine, and Cato Campuses. Lockers are available for delivery of orders to Harris, Harper, and Merancas Campuses. Online orders over $50 ship for free, and you can select pick-up at one of the six campuses or have items shipped directly to you. The bookstore stocks a variety of items from textbooks to clothing, gifts, supplies, technology, snacks, and CATS bus passes. Many of these items may be purchased using financial aid.

The Central, Levine, and Cato Campus locations have extended store hours during the first week of classes each term. Regular store hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and may vary during the summer and holidays. Review details for hours and locations.


If you take a Central Piedmont course designated as “Inclusive Access,” the textbooks or course materials are already included in the tuition/fees, and will either be delivered in Brightspace when logged into the course, or may be a physical item that will be picked up at the Central Campus Bookstore.

If logged into Brightspace after the course has started, Inclusive Access materials will typically be a link in your Brightspace account under the “Content Section.”

Find required materials and make purchases using Financial Aid

You may review the materials required for your class on the Follett website or in Brightspace once the class has started, under “Order Textbooks/Materials.” Students may use financial aid to make purchases on the bookstore website or for in-person purchases, using your Central Piedmont student ID number to charge purchases to your financial aid account. Financial Aid may be available for bookstore purchases only during certain times, please check the time periods when financial aid is available in the bookstore for purchases.

If course materials are not included in the Inclusive Access program, physical and/or digital materials may be purchased at campus locations where the class is taught. Materials can be purchased in-person at Levine, Cato or Central Campuses, or ordered online for a pickup or delivery option

Purchasing Digital Materials & Brytewave

For students who are purchasing digital materials (not part of Inclusive Access), be sure to use your Central Piedmont student email address. If you make the purchase in-person, the code will be on your cash register receipt. If you purchase online, you will receive an email with the login information.

Different textbook vendors and publishers handle materials differently, so you may also receive an email from the publisher with login information. For example, you may receive an additional email from Brytewave stating that your materials have been added to your Brytewave account, and you will be able to access your materials from the link Brytewave sends you. A Brytewave account has already been set up for you and it will be listed in Brightspace.

For Pearson digital titles, there will be two links (both links are in Brightspace)--one is for Brytewave to provide the access code, and then you will enter that access code in the second link provided.