Ordering Information

All prices and dates are subject to change without notice. Orders will be invoiced at prices prevailing when received. All payments must be U.S. funds only.

All U.S., Canada, and international order fulfillment is handled by the Chicago Distribution Center.

To order from our site, use the Shopping Cart. CDC accepts: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

To order via mail, email, telephone or fax contact:

The Chicago Distribution Center
11030 S. Langley Ave., Chicago, IL 60628

TEL: (800) 621-2736 (US); (773) 702-7000 (International)
FAX: (800) 621-8476 (US); (773) 702-7212 (International)


Accessibility officials can find out if an electronic version of a book is available by searching BiblioVault for the title, author, or ISBN. If a book is not in BiblioVault, we cannot provide electronic files for it, and also not all books in the BiblioVault have suitable accessible files.

If the needed book is available in BiblioVault, choose the “Request accessible file” link on the book page. BiblioVault will fulfill the request as quickly as possible. BiblioVault may need to charge a service fee to cover the cost of preparing the file and transmitting it if a file cannot be delivered via email. 

For more information, or to check on the status of a request, please email bv-help@uchicago.edu.


CDC shipments are FOB, Chicago, IL. CDC’s preferred domestic carriers are FedEx and UPS. All domestic shipments weighing less than 1.5 pounds will be sent by USPS priority mail unless otherwise requested.

For individual orders, shipping charges are:

  • DOMESTIC shipping via USPS is $6.25 for the first book + $1.75 for each additional book.
  • FOREIGN shipping via USPS surface mail is $10.00 for the first book + $6.50 for each additional book. Shipping takes approximately 4 to 8 weeks.

Orders from bookstores, libraries, etc. are shipped via established preferences and are charged actual postage. Other shipping arrangements are available upon request.


Overseas shipments are by surface or international airmail, as designated by the customer.


MSU Press books may be returned for full credit within 24 months. Titles that are out of print may be returned for 6 months after the OP date.

Send returns to:
Returns Department
Chicago Distribution Center
11030 S. Langley Ave., Chicago, IL 60628

All books returned to CDC must be in saleable condition. CDC will return to the customer shelf-worn and stickered books, along with a charge for return postage.


To request a copy to potentially publish a review in a journal, magazine, newspaper, or other publication, please contact the Marketing Department.


To request an examination or desk copy, please contact the Chicago Distribution Center. Customer pays shipping in either case.

Accessibility officials for colleges and universities can request accessible copies through Bibliovault Accessibility Services at https://www.bibliovault.org/BV.accessibility.epl.


Complimentary desk copies are issued to faculty members when a title has been adopted for classroom use. In order to receive your desk copy, your written request must be submitted on school letterhead. In addition, please provide course I.D., projected enrollment (at least 10 students required), and the name of the bookstore to which you placed your textbook order. Once this information is received your desk copy request will be processed.


Examination copies are issued to faculty members wanting to review a title for possible course adoption. Exam copies are invoiced at a discounted rate of 20%, with 90 days to review the title. The invoice will be cancelled if you adopt the title for your class, inform our distribution center about the bookstore with which you placed your textbook order, and the number of copies ordered. If you decide not to adopt the text, it must be returned in saleable condition or you may keep the book and pay the invoice in full.

Return exam copies to:
Returns Department
Chicago Distribution Center
11030 S. Langley Ave., Chicago, IL 60628