Important: You must have your OneCard in order to purchase books online using the 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.
Eligible Per-Semester Maximums
Book Charge Start Date
Book Charge End Date
up to $700
July 25, 2023
up to $700
Dec 18, 2023
Jan 26, 2024
up to $350
May 28, 2024
Jun 28, 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Book 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 email@example.com and include your ZID, course name, and book IBSN.