Book Charge Program

NIU students who receive financial aid have a convenient method of buying books and school supplies at the beginning of each semester. You can use your OneCard ID at Huskie Books and Gear (815-753-1081) to purchase your books and school supplies using your student bursar account and you will be billed at a later day. Please visit the Bursar's Office website for billing and payment due dates.

Please note that only students who are receiving financial aid can use this feature.

Semester Eligible Per-Semester Maximums Book Charge
Start Date
Book Charge
End Date
Spring 2024 up to $700 Dec 18, 2023 CLOSED (Jan 26, 2024)
Summer 2024 up to $350 May 28, 2024 Jun 28, 2024
Fall 2024 up to $700 July 22, 2024 Sept 6, 2024

Huskie Books and Gear

Hours of Operation

Monday through Thursday (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Friday (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 

Book Delivery/Pick-up Options

Books purchased online can be shipped to the mailing address provided at checkout or can be picked up in the store. 

Book Returns

For instructions on how to return books, please visit Huskie Books and Gear return policy

Authorized Purchases

Below you will find a list of authorized purchases using the book charge program. The OneCard Office and Huskie Books and Gears has the authority to deny any unauthorized purchases.

  • Books
  • School supplies
  • Electronics
    • Computer/Laptop
    • Computer Accessories
    • Printer and Ink
    • Software (e.g., Adobe Photoshop)
    • Apple Products (excluding Apple Watch)
      Quantity Limit: Cannot purchase the same Apple item more than once in a term. Cannot resell purchased items.

Book Program Exceptions

Book allowance increase: If your “course materials” for the term cost more than the book allowance amount of $700, please send an email to onecard@niu.eduBook allowance increase will only be allowed on required course material.

Book charge Extension: If your course material is on back order or is not available to purchase at Huskie Books and Gear before the book charge period ends, please send an email to and include your ZID, course name, and book IBSN.

Contact Us

OneCard ID Services
Founders Memorial Library
Room 104
DeKalb, IL 60115

Phone: 815-753-9569

Business Hours

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